Google.org has announced a five-year, $100 million commitment through its Grow with Google program to support nonprofit organizations working to expand access to digital skills training and economic opportunity.
Announced at the recent Tech for Good summit in Paris, the commitment will support nonprofits in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa that are using technology and innovation to train people in new skills, connect job seekers with good jobs, and assist workers in low-wage jobs. To ensure that its training programs reach the most disadvantaged communities, the program will partner with organizations like OpenClassrooms, which is developing a course on the skills people need to thrive as a freelance or gig worker, and Inco, which will open-source its INCO Academy and test a franchise model for the curriculum in France, Spain, and Italy.
Launched in 2015, Grow with Google has helped more than two hundred and fourteen thousand people find a new job or start a business. The latest announcement follows Google's pledge in March to help a million Europeans find a job or grow their business. According to the European Commission, 44 percent of working-age European adults don't have basic digital skills, while in the Middle East and North Africa only 38 percent of youth believe their education gives them the skills they need to enter the workforce.
"There is clearly a lot of work to do to make the opportunities of the digital economy are available to all," wrote Google.org president Jacquelline Fuller in a blog post, "and the nonprofit sector — along with our partners in government, city councils, universities, and private-sector businesses — will play a vital role."