American tech giant Google is providing over 7,000 scholarships in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region as part of its Career Certificates program.
The online certifications are intended to help freshmen prepare for jobs in four critical areas; IT support, project management, user experience design, and data analytics.
The scholarships are aimed at a diverse group of people, including women, young job searchers, and those whose jobs have been impacted by the pandemic. Google Career Certificates are also accessible to anyone interested.
They can complete these self-paced courses on Coursera.org and earn an official degree that will allow them to begin and advance their professions in the relevant industries.
Through ‘Maharat min Google,’ a digital skills training program that has been completed by one million Arabic speakers in MENA, Google is presenting five new Applied Digital Skills courses. The online classes will cover topics such as ‘Starting a Resume,’ ‘Using Google to Find a New Job,’ and ‘Managing a Project with Digital Tools,’ among others.
The scholarships are being distributed with the help of local organizations including the Egyptian Banking Institution (EBI) and the University Center for Career Development (UCCD) in Egypt, Amideast in Lebanon, the Agency for Digital Development (ADD) in Morocco, Gaza Sky Geeks in Palestine, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) in Saudi Arabia, and Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and the Higher College of Technology in the UAE.
The job credentials, scholarships, and new courses are part of Google’s ‘Grow Stronger with Google’ initiative, which aims to support the MENA region’s economic recovery through tools, initiatives, and grants.