Google Philippines announced that they will be offering 39,000 scholarships to give Filipinos the opportunity to study and complete an online certificate course.
This is offered through the company’s Google Carrer Certificates scholarships and is done in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Globe Telecom.
Filipinos aged 18 years and above are allowed to apply for the online certificate course, which will last for 6 months to 1 year. There are four courses offered: Data Analytics, IT Support, Project Management, and UX Design. The best part is, there’s no need for any academic degree or work experience.
As per Marketing Chief Gabby Roxas, this was done after they saw a growing demand for IT-related work, hence the need for Filipinos to with new skills.
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Asec. Jeffrey Ian Dy of the DICT expressed that upskilling should be “at the forefront” of the development of the ICT industry. He added that ICT is not about infrastructure, but also “people-structure”.
Meanwhile, DTI Usec. Ireneo Vizmonte said that Google’s move “represents another milestone in our efforts to assist the nation in advancing towards a digital economy.”
Meanwhile, Globe will share its effort by helping to promote the scholarship through its school caravans and partnerships with local government units.