Posted: Friday, February 25, 2022. 2:52 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Google, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Government of Belize via the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology, have teamed up to offer 2,000 Belizean youths an opportunity to obtain a Google Certificate in Data Analytics, free of cost.
The certificate is open to applicants between the ages of 14-29 years, with no requirement for prior experience in programming or Information technology (IT) to participate. A joint statement from the three parties notes that the certificate equips participants with skills that are in high demand, providing them with access to remote job opportunities with high entry-level salaries at international companies. In addition to the certificate program, participants will also receive individual coaching in life skills, helping each one complete the course requirements.
“Building digital skills is at the center of the IDB’s Vision 2025 for the full recovery of the Latin American and Caribbean region, and as such, this opportunity directly benefits the youth population that has been affected by the pandemic, providing access to knowledge that is in demand by the digital labor market,” emphasizes Ramiro Lopez Ghio, Country Representative for the IDB.
At the launch of the initiative, Economic Opportunity Lead for the Americas at Google.org. Hector Mujica said that Google is excited to work alongside the Inter-American Development Bank to advance opportunities for all, across the Americas.
“Google Career Certificates provide an alternative pathway to upskill and connect youth with jobs in the digital economy,” Mujica said.
The initiative is part of a study to understand how to best close the skill gap in the Belize labor market. Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology Francis Fonseca. said that, while the course is open for all youths, the Ministry is particularly encouraging young women to apply for the course to help close the world’s gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Those interested in participating in the course, are urged to fill out the survey (here). Those below the age of 18 years will additionally need proof of parental consent.
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