The Microsoft Global Skills Initiative Program

Creating opportunities for all

Around the world, 2020 has emerged as one of the most challenging years in many of our lifetimes. As societies reopen, it’s apparent that the economy will not be what it was pre-COVID. Increasingly, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs. And one of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities.

To help address this need, Microsoft has launched global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. This initiative will bring together every part of our company, combining existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft. 


Microsoft Learn platform helps acquire in-depth technical learning on most in-demand skills on widely used technologies. It offers 225 learning paths with more than 1000 modules for free.

LinkedIn Learning provides free access to role-based learning paths ranging from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skills such as IT, Graphic Design, Project Management etc.

GitHub Learning Lab engages the job seeker in learning paths. They will have the opportunity to practice newly acquired skills by completing realistic projects in a personalized GitHub repository.