Microsoft launches free digital skills and cloud programme for UK

Microsoft launches free digital skills and cloud programme for UK
Company aims to ensure UK will remain a global leader in cloud computing and AI

Rebecca Gibson |

Microsoft has launched a programme to teach digital skills to people across the UK to ensure the country remains one of the global leaders in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other next-generation technologies.

As part of the initiative, Microsoft will provide free training to 30,000 public servants to enable public sector organisations to deliver more efficient services to citizens. The company has also committed to give everyone in the UK access to free, online digital literacy training.

In addition, Microsoft will introduce a Cloud Skills Initiative to deliver advanced cloud technology skills training to 500,000 people in the UK by 2020.

“We believe a fourth industrial revolution is under way – one driven by the transformative power of cloud technologies,” said Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK chief executive. “In the wake of the EU referendum vote, the UK is looking at charting a new and different path to its future and Microsoft is committed, as it has been for more than 30 years, to helping the UK realise its full potential. We believe maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness relies on a successful transition to a cloud-enabled economy.”

Microsoft will also recruit more than 30,000 digital apprentices for its network of 25,000 partners in the UK. It will provide particular support for women and people from minority groups.

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