KP and Google launch 5,000 scholarships under the ‘Grow with Google’ program

The program is being headed by TechValley in Pakistan, and it will also focus on providing opportunities for women, allowing them to benefit from the opportunity.

KP and Google launch 5,000 scholarships under the 'Grow with Google' program

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Technology Board (KPTIB) and Google have joined hands and launched the ‘Grow with Google’ program.

Under this initiative, 5,000 scholarships will be offered to Pakistanis, and that too, for the most in-demand Google certifications. The aim of this program is to upskill the youth of the KP province and allow them to search for better career options in the global market space.

KP and Google announce scholarships

The program is being headed by TechValley in Pakistan, and it will also focus on providing opportunities for women, allowing them to benefit from the opportunity. However, the search engine company has also expressed its concern about the global digital skills shortage. There are millions of jobs that are unfilled due to the deficiency of candidates who aren’t qualified enough.

According to statistics, there are 85 million jobs that could go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers by 2025. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has warned that the country is facing a digital skills gap, with a shortage of workers in areas like data analytics and cybersecurity.

Grow with Google

Grow with Google, to a certain degree, will help improve the skills shortage, and offer the youth in KP all the opportunities they need to acquire the skills that are necessary to succeed in the global job market. The program is launched with not just the Higher Education Department of KP, but also the National Incubation Center Peshawar, Khawateen Rozgar Services, and the Social Welfare Department.

While talking at the launch, Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, the Managing Director of KPITB highlighted the importance of upskilling the youth to meet the demands of the digital age. He remarked that the world is changing at a fast pace, and they need to equip their youth with the skills they need to move up in the new digital era.

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