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Want to learn a new skill? Google PH to offer thousands of scholarships related to IT, including AI

By Melanie Uson Published Sep 27, 2023 8:37 pm

If you want to learn more about using AI (Artificial Intelligence), cybersecurity, and more for your career advancement, here’s some good news: Google Philippines will offer thousands of scholarships related to information technology (IT),  which you can access anytime. 

Google Philippines announced on Tuesday, Sept. 26, that Google Cloud will launch a free AI course for skills development for Filipinos.

"Anyone can access this anytime, anywhere, at no cost. The courses feature a wide array of topics including the difference between generative AI and other types of AI, responsible AI and machine learning, and much more," said Yves Gonzalez, Google PH’s head of Government Affairs and Public Policy. 

"With this, Filipinos can now see the opportunity to show their proficiency in in-demand AI skills to their employers," he continued. 

They also added that they will open three additional courses namely Business Intelligence, Advanced Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity to its Google Career Certificates program, which are a significant addition to your professional credentials especially if you will dive into industries involving IT support, UX design, e-commerce, and digital marketing. 

In addition to all these, Google Cloud is now providing early-stage AI startups in the country with cloud credits of up to US$350,000 (nearly P20 million) to help develop their businesses.

"With this, early-stage AI startups can access Cloud credits of up to US$350,000 over two years. The program provides access to AI experts, training, and networking opportunities," Gonzalez said.

Google Philippines has allocated 1,000 new Google Career Certificate scholarships this year, in addition to the 39,000 they provided in 2022. This is in collaboration with several stakeholders including the Department of Information and Communications Technology and partner NGOs.

As of writing, the program has reached 6,000 graduates in the Philippines, with an 80% success rate in getting a job and getting promoted at work.  

“Google is a committed partner of the country in helping build a Digital Philippines. Through our technology, skilling programs, and partnerships, we will continue to help unleash the potential of the digital economy and empower the workforce of the future,” said Bernadette Nacario, Country Director, Google Philippines. (With reports from Rainier Ronda)