Filling the need

Free digital skills learning program launched

Posted on Jul 29, 2020 :: Feature
Posted by , Insight on Technology Staff Writer

A new partnership seeks to solve two problems: unemployed workers looking for jobs and businesses seeking job applicants with digital skills.

The answer to those two problems? The creation of gener8tor Upskilling, a free accelerator program to teach new digital skills to unemployed workers and help them prepare for in-demand jobs.

New North Inc., Microsoft, American Family Insurance and gener8tor have teamed up to offer the virtual program, which builds off of Microsoft’s TechSpark program. Microsoft recently announced its global skilling initiative that seeks to help 25 million people worldwide who have lost their job due to COVID-19 by teaching them new skills to fill open jobs in their community.

“We are committed to helping people gain the skills they need in order to move into available jobs within the digital era,” said Michelle Schuler, manager of Microsoft’s TechSpark Wisconsin. “By focusing our efforts locally and partnering with incredible organizations … we can make a positive impact on our Wisconsin community, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

Startup accelerator gener8tor will use its proven accelerator playbook to run the two-week, cohort-based program, which includes:
· Self-paced virtual curriculum from Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub to learn skills for in-demand jobs, earn industry-recognized certifications and access job opportunities
· One-on-one concierge support from the gener8tor team on the skills content, plus coaching on interview skills and resume writing
· Virtual access to a network of peers for support and community

Businesses have expressed a need for additional employees with digital skills. According to the NEW Digital Alliance, one-sixth of all jobs have a digital component.

“The training program will help job seekers build their skills and confidence for these in-demand jobs and earn certificates of completion needed in today’s digital economy,” said New North President and CEO Barb LaMue. “We saw this as an opportunity to immediately match displaced workers with digital skills training and to work toward providing economic opportunity for all.”


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