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They aim to support the development of a more inclusive skills-based labour market, while creating more alternative channels for employees, as well as offering greater flexibility and accessibility for learning opportunities. The end goal of the initiative is to connect people with new job opportunities.
Last week, Microsoft Corp. announced that they’ve helped over 30 million people worldwide gain access to digital skills, 6 million of whom are based in the Asia Pacific region. This exceeded their initial goal of 25 million last June. Microsoft have also extended their commitment to help 250,000 companies globally make a skills-based hire in 2021.
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LinkedIn on the other hand plans to help 250,000 firms globally make skills-based hires. The company will enable jobseekers to demonstrate their skills in ‘new ways’ and help employers connect to candidates based on their skill proficiencies.