The announcement of the national digital skills initiative, made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Pittsburgh, Pa. Thursday, is a tacit acknowledgment from one of the world’s most valuable companies that it bears some responsibility for rapid advances in technology that are radically reshaping industries and eliminating jobs in the U.S. and around the world.
CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has made $1 billion philanthropic pledge to help workers develop the skills they need for jobs in the new economy. Google, says O’Mara, will have “Undeniably disruptive impacts on the jobs people do and the skills they need for them.” More: Exclusive: Google pledges $50 million to help people land jobs. More: Google I/O exclusive: Google to launch Google for Jobs to help Americans find work. Grow with Google is a free online program to help Americans secure the skills they need to get a job or grow their business.
In January, Google will launch an IT certificate program developed with online education provider Coursera that includes hands-on labs to prepare people for jobs in eight to 12 months and then connects graduates with potential employers.