Google has pledged to offer 44,500 scholarships to Pakistanis seeking to learn digital skills by the end of 2023. The scholarships will cover courses within Google Career Certificates (GCC), which was launched last year.
This announcement was made during an event attended by the IT and Telecommunications Minister, Syed Aminul Haque.
The company aims to create more equal opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to access digital skills and job opportunities through initiatives like GCC and scholarships.
Farhan Qureshi, Google Pakistan’s Country Director, expressed the company’s commitment to helping build an inclusive digital economy in Pakistan through its programs, products, and services.
Google has also added three more courses to the GCC program: Business Intelligence, Advanced Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity. The initiative aligns with the Pakistani government’s vision of creating an ecosystem that enables the potential of the digital economy and provides equal opportunities to all Pakistanis.
Google aims to distribute 50% of scholarships to women. Pakistan is the third-largest freelance economy in the world, making digital skills highly sought after.
Graduates of the GCC program, such as Iqra Malik and Saif Ullah, expressed how the program transformed their lives and provided them with valuable new skills, helping them move toward financial stability.