The US is grappling with record high unemployment rates as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Tech company Microsoft predicts that global unemployment could rise to a quarter of a billion people this year alone.
In response to this rise in unemployment, some companies are offering resources to help workers develop new job skills and match them with companies hiring right now.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new worldwide initiative to provide free trainings for candidates looking to land in-demand jobs, which are increasingly digital.
The program, which includes access to low-cost certifications, will combine data and learning content from Microsoft and its subsidiaries, LinkedIn and GitHub.
The trainings will feature video courses covering everything from basic digital literacy to more advanced technical skills.
Job seekers can sign up for specific trainings geared toward roles like software developer or financial analyst.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said employees can also use the learning modules to “skill and reskill through their careers.”
This echoes a broader trend of companies seeking tools to train workers to support artificial intelligence, automation, and other next-generation applications at work.
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