Google Will Offer Balochistan Youth Scholarships for 1000 Certifications

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Balochistan government and Tech Valley Pakistan provides for the distribution of 1,000 Google Career Certificates Scholarships to young people in the province.


On Wednesday, chief secretary of Balochistan Abdul Aziz Aqeeli made the announcement that participants will receive diplomas upon completing their training as well as prospects for employment.

He made these remarks at an event that was jointly put on by Tech Valley Pakistan and the Balochistan government.

According to the official, Tech Valley will assist in launching information technology (IT) lessons in Balochistan’s schools, and Google will provide US$500,000 in this effort.

He claimed that the IT company will also give the pupils access to 10 buses that will go throughout Balochistan.

He stated that it is crucial to provide current technologies to Baloch youth “so that they stay focused on the right direction.”

The chief secretary also stated that Tech Valley Pakistan will receive the required support and assistance from the provincial government in order for it to begin operations as soon as possible.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed with Tech Valley Pakistan and five different government ministries in Balochistan to provide Google Career Certificates Scholarships in the area.

This month, Google has awarded scholarships for Google Career Certifications to the third province of Pakistan that it has targeted. Prior to this, Google and COLLABS granted 5000 scholarships to the young of KP, and they also provided scholarships to the youth of Sindh. Sindh Information, Science & Technology (IST) and Techvalley Pakistan signed a contract for the Google Career Certification Scholarship Program 2023 in front of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.

Speaking at the event, the CM announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the provincial IT department and Techvalley for the advancement of Google scholarships to students enrolled in public schools, young people, and transgender individuals for receiving IT-based training or taking IT-based courses to enable them to earn respectable livings.

Google wants to increase this activity throughout Sindh. In the future, Techvalley Pakistan will launch further initiatives for individuals, young people, and the working population in the Sindh province, including CS (computer science) First, Digital Google Garage, Be Internet Awesome, Google Cloud Solutions, and Project Management certifications.

The IS&T department of the Sindh government had earlier inked an MOU with Techvalley and Google Pakistan for the provision of various training courses to support the development of human capital in the technology sector. In addition, Google has demonstrated its dedication to strengthening the ability of the educational sector in terms of Education Tools, Teachers’ Training & Certifications, Empowering IT Staff, and Transforming Computer Labs.

Google is currently giving away free certification programmes in IT support, IT automation, data analytics, project management, user experience design, digital marketing, e-commerce, cyber security, advanced data analytics, and advanced business intelligence to young people in Sindh.

Up to 5000 scholarships are available overall through Google. Each certification requires 160 hours of training altogether over the course of four months. Women and others with special needs are given equal chance under the program, which is inclusive.

The “Grow with Google” programme was started in collaboration with Google by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB). For Pakistanis, the programme will provide 5,000 scholarships, which will be awarded for the most in-demand Google certifications. The programme intends to upskill the province’s young so they can explore better job possibilities in the global market and become more competitive on a global scale.

With a launch on April 1, the program, which is being run by TechValley in Pakistan, will also focus on helping women to take advantage of the opportunity.Celebrate the contributions of women to society on International Women’s Day.

In addition to goodwill, Google is also concerned about other things, one of which being the global scarcity of digital skills. Due to a dearth of eligible applicants, experts are warning that millions of positions are remaining vacant. According to a survey by the World Economic Forum, a lack of competent people might result in over 85 million unfilled jobs by 2025.

Prior to the worldwide trend, Pakistan was impacted by the lack of skilled workers because even graduates lack professional abilities in their industries. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan recently released a report warning that the nation is experiencing a digital skills gap, with a lack of qualified personnel in fields including software development, data analytics, and cybersecurity.

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