Ekiti State partners microsoft to help 2,000 youths acquire digital skills

Ekiti State Government has partnered Microsoft Nigeria to help thousands of unemployed and underemployed youths across the state acquire new digital skills through the Global Skilling Initiative.

This was announced by the state government on its official social media page on Monday.

According to the Press statement, the State Government has also committed to pay for certification examinations of up to 2000 residents in various skills of their choice through the programme to improve their credentials.

The programme, which is designed by Microsoft, and its partners, LinkedIn and GitHub, will help young people in the state to acquire skills needed to make them more employable in the post-COVID-19 marketplace.

Applicants will be trained on various skills such as; Customer Service, Digital Marketing, Financial Analysis, Graphics Designing, IT Support/Help Desk Technology, Project Management, Sales Development, Data Analysis, IT Administration, and Software Development. Successful participants will acquire industry-recognized IT Certification.

The partnership is part of the State Government’s strategic focus on the Ekiti Knowledge Zone initiative and ensures that the state develops a talent pool that will make it an attractive destination for both domestic and international technology companies. It also reinforces the Ekiti heritage of being a knowledge-driven society.

The Global Skilling Initiative is Microsoft’s response to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills for the COVID-19 economy.

Microsoft’s response to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills for the COVID-19 economy. The initiative identified the global economic crisis, a different hybrid economy that solves to stem the economic downturn. Using IT tools like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Microsoft has identified the 10 most available jobs and created training modules to upskill participants to better qualify for those jobs. The Global Skilling Initiative will end in March 2021.

How to register?

Ekiti is the first state in Nigeria to partner Microsoft to provide access to the Global Skilling Initiative for its unemployed population as part of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s strategic actions to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Government of Ekiti State is collaborating with Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub to train unemployed or underemployed youths in the state for jobs in a more digital economy.

The program is available for the unemployed and underemployed youths including small business owners and entrepreneurs.

To further assist participants, the state government will pay for the certification exam (normally cost US$100 or more) of the first 2000 participants who successfully complete the online training.

Interested candidates should visit the official website www.microsoftskills.ekitistate.gov.ng to register and commence learning.

For guidelines on registration, learning, and certification, click here.

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Updated: Monday, 14th September 17:58

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