Microsoft Skills Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis.  As societies have started to reopen, the economy looks different from what it was in January, and we are seeing an increase in jobs requiring digital skills. In a post-COVID-19 world, all people—especially those from the hardest hit industries and most vulnerable communities—will need to learn new skills to rejoin the workforce prepared for in-demand roles in a more digital economy.
That’s why Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub are bringing together the best of our resources to support this recovery, including using data to understand the most in-demand roles, offering learning and certifications for those roles, and equipping job seekers with tools to help them get hired. Partnerships with nonprofits and governments will be critical to reaching those most in need to have a greater collective impact.
See our blog post here: Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy.
Our goal is to help 25 million people worldwide who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, to reskill for in-demand roles. Since our announcement on June 27th, we have now reached 10 million engaged learners globally! But we cannot reach our goal alone. Reopening the global economy is bigger than any one company, industry, or even country. I’ve included more information in the attached, and you can learn more at We also welcome your social amplification support.
Together, we can help people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 gain the skills they need to pursue the jobs of today and tomorrow. Thank you for your support.