To connect the general skills gap in India, technology giant Google Inc. has started enrolments for its latest Google Career Certificates in the fields of data analytics, project management, and user experience (UX) design. About 50 percent of all employees will need reskilling by 2025 as businesses move towards becoming digital enterprises. In an email response Srikantan Moorthy, EVP & Head, US Operations, Global Head, Education, Training & Assessment, Infosys said: “The new Google Career Certificates come at a critical time for job seekers in America. There are over 1 million jobs nationally in the certificate fields. Upon completion of the program, graduates will share their resumes. Infosys will hire through Merit America, a nonprofit that partners with tech giants to prepare workers to thrive in higher-wage jobs, and directly through Google.”

“We’re also partnering with Guild Education, which works with Fortune 1000 companies, to bring Google Career Certificates to help some of the country’s largest employers upskill their workforce,” wrote Pichai. Pichai further said, “Not only is Google hiring these certificate graduates, but we’re also using the certificates themselves to upskill and reskill Google teams, from IT support techs to data analysts. We’re also opening applications for Google’s apprenticeship program in our Career Certificate fields in addition to a few other professional tracks. We will hire hundreds of apprentices over the coming years to participate in on-the-job training and applied to learn.”In India, Pichai wrote, Google is working to make certificates more accessible and launching an employer consortium. “And in addition to our Career Certificates, today we’re also making our cloud computing, big data, and machine learning training free for U.S. job seekers to help prepare for jobs in these high-growth fields.”Globally, we’re sponsoring 100,000 scholarships for our Career Certificates in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In India, we’re working to make certificates more accessible and launch an employer consortium,” he said. Interested individuals can enroll for certificate courses on Coursera.

Benefits 

According to the company, 82 percent of Google IT Support Professional Certificate completers in the US reported a positive career outcome like a new job, enhanced skills, promotion, or raise within six months.

Google on March 11 also announced that it has expanded its employer consortium that links certificate program graduates to companies with open positions. The consortium now includes more than 130 companies including newcomers Anthem, Verizon, Bayer, Deloitte, SAP, and Better.com.

Google counts itself among the companies that will hire graduates of its certificate program, along with Accenture, Walmart, Infosys, Zenify, SiriusXM+, and Pandora.