The “Grow with Google” programme, which provides 5,000 scholarships for in-demand Google certifications, has been launched in collaboration with Google by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB). 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 International Women’s Day to recognise the contribution of women to society, the programme, which is being run by TechValley in Pakistan, will also concentrate on helping women to take advantage of the chance.
The project comes as experts warn that there is a global scarcity of individuals with the necessary digital skills, leaving millions of open positions. According to a survey by the World Economic Forum, a lack of competent people might result in over 85 million unfilled jobs by 2025.
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan recently issued a study warning that Pakistan is experiencing a digital skills gap, with a lack of qualified personnel in fields like software development, data analytics, and cybersecurity. Pakistan is not immune to this trend.
Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, the managing director of KPITB, stressed the significance of upskilling the youth to meet the expectations of the digital age during his speech at the event.
He stated, “The world is changing quickly, and we need to provide our children the tools they need to thrive in this new digital era. The “Grow with Google” programme will give our youth the chance to learn the skills that are in demand on the international job market and assist them in creating a better future for themselves and their families.
The project was welcomed by the department’s secretary for science, technology, and information technology, Muhammad Khalid, who asserted that it will assist close the province’s digital skills gap.
The “Grow with Google” programme is a fantastic project that will provide young people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to succeed in the digital age. In order to close the province’s digital skills gap and give its young the opportunity to participate in the global labour market, he underlined the necessity for more initiatives similar to this.
The KPITB and Science, Technology, and IT Department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are launching a number of initiatives to upskill the youth and close the province’s digital skills gap, including the “Grow with Google” programme.They are aiming to create a better future for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s youth and make sure they are prepared to succeed in the digital era with the assistance of partners like Google.