The Microsoft Global Skills Initiative Program

Creating opportunities for all


Around the world, 2020 has emerged as one of the most challenging years in many of our lifetimes. As societies reopen, it’s apparent that the economy will not be what it was pre-COVID. Increasingly, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs. And one of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities.

To help address this need, Microsoft has launched global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. This initiative will bring together every part of our company, combining existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft.  It will be grounded in three areas of activity:

Data syncing through cloud

The use of data to identify in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them

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Free access to learning paths and content to help people develop the skills these positions require

Women riding up the ladder

Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people who develop these skills pursue new jobs


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A Global Skill Initiative: Helping Job-seekers in the Covid-19 Economy


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft president Brad Smith, and LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky, discuss Microsoft’s commitment to providing people with the skills needed to find jobs in a changing economy impacted by Covid-19.