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Global Skills Training Initiative

We’re aiming to reach 25 million people globally with free training, employment data and career support to help economies bounce back, businesses thrive and people to build future-facing careers.

Equipping Australians with the skills to thrive in a digital economy

The Microsoft Global Skills Initiative is helping to address Australia’s digital skills shortage by sharing free learning resources from LinkedIn, GitHub and Microsoft Learn as well as real-time employment data to help people train for and secure jobs.

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Real-time employment data

We make the latest data freely available so you can see who’s hiring, the most sought-after jobs and trending skills. Find out what’s in demand in Australia right now.

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Free online skills training

We offer free access to content in LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn, and the GitHub Learning Lab, along with Microsoft Certifications and LinkedIn job-seeking tools.

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Free certification

Attend an eligible Microsoft Virtual Training Day event to unlock free, industry-recognised Microsoft certification and gain the technical skills you need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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Inclusive opportunities

We support non-profits to help provide easier access to digital skilling programs for disadvantaged youth, women and Indigenous Australians.

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Get started! Advance your career or plan a new one

Discover which jobs are in demand and build sought-after skills. Select one of our learning pathways that line up the courses and qualifications you need and set you on the road to success.

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Unlock free Microsoft industry-recognised certification

Microsoft Virtual Training Days are free training events designed to help you get the most from Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, and Microsoft Security. Attend one of our Fundamentals events and you’ll unlock access to a free certification exam.

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Brush up on your digital skills and get online interview tips

Getting hired in the digital economy or just looking to get ahead? We have a selection of free courses that can help you build in-demand skills and hone your job interview techniques.

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Using Microsoft training to improve employment prospects for Australians

Our resources are being used by all kinds of organisations to support workers whose roles are likely to be made redundant and to help jobseekers, the underemployed and disadvantaged to develop skills and land their next job. To embed any of our programs into your organisation’s offering, simply reach out.

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Skilling veterans and displaced workers

We have embedded Microsoft’s learning content and certifications to quickly retrain veterans, displaced workers and neurodivergent communities for careers in tech.

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Skilling 300,000 jobseekers

We are providing career advice services and access to technical skilling to over 300,000 jobseekers to enable them to apply for some of Australia’s most in-demand jobs.

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Skilling 10,000 outplacement candidates a year

We provide a combination of career services and Microsoft Technical Skilling to help outplaced employees land their next role, smarter and faster.

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Guide your workforce planning with real-time data and tools

Get valuable insights and help staff upskill or transition to new roles with LinkedIn live data and career-building tools.

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Check out the Australian employment market

Explore real-time data insights from LinkedIn to see which companies are hiring and what are today’s most sought-after roles and skills.

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Help staff transition and skill up for in-demand roles

When employees enter their most recent role into this tool, it shows them which transitions they could make to in-demand roles, the skills they may need to build, available jobs and how to connect with LinkedIn members for assistance.

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Plan your training with the 2021 Workplace Learning Report

Discover insights and practical advice to help craft your 2021 learning strategies and programs with LinkedIn Learning's 2021 Workplace Learning Report.

Build a more inclusive workforce

Microsoft offers a suite of training programs designed to level the playing field at work and create opportunities for all.

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Making technology more accessible to all

Find out how Microsoft technology has built-in accessibility tools to support workers with vision, hearing, neurodiversity and physical differences.

Accessibility tools
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Countering workplace unconscious bias

Use this free course to help your staff deepen their understanding of unconscious biases, how they influence our behaviour, and what they can do to help counter them in your workplace.

Unconscious bias training
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Providing Indigenous training programs

Microsoft Australia supports non-profits to help provide easier access to digital skilling programs for Indigenous Australians.

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Encouraging women to build coding skills

Want to develop the next big app or digital platform? Or be part of one of the most sought-after professions? Codess is a global platform designed by Microsoft to encourage women in the field of technology