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In an effort to bridge the prevailing skills gap in India, technology giant Google Inc. has started enrolments for its latest Google Career Certificates in data analytics, project management and user experience (UX) design.

The certifications are aimed at helping some of India’s largest employers upskill their workforce, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet Inc. said in a blog post on 11 March. With more businesses embracing digitization, especially post-covid, it is estimated that half of all employees will need reskilling by 2025. According to Google, 82% of graduates said the programmes helped advance their careers within six months, including getting a raise, finding a new job, or starting a new business.

“We are also announcing a new Associate Android Developer Certification, which prepares learners for entry-level jobs in Android development. With 1.3 million jobs open in these fields right now in the US, the opportunity is significant," Pichai said.

Globally, Google is sponsoring 100,000 scholarships for its career certificates in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “In India, we’re working to make certificates more accessible and launch an employer consortium," Pichai said. Last year, the company announced a $10-billion Google for India Digitization Fund to help accelerate India’s digital economy over 5-7 years.

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