Microsoft intends to assist 50,000 jobless people in the Netherlands to improve their digital skills from online learning over the next year.
Microsoft Nederland manager Ernst-Jan Stigter has told Financieele Dagblad in a meeting. The Dutch unemployment rate is projected to reach 6% next year, twice the amount at the start of 2020. At the same time, an investigation by Microsoft subsidiary LinkedIn, which has approximately eight million accounts in the Netherlands, shows a 150% rise in the average number of applications for any posted job.
Nevertheless, the mandate for people with sufficient IT skills is two to three times above the supply, said FD. “Many people who are on verge of losing their job do not have the exact skills to interchange to jobs or sectors with a future better future” Stigter stated.
Now the company is offering online tuitions of five to 30 hours free of cost, apart from a €12.50 fee for a permit. The LinkedIn studies show there is a scarcity of well-trained staff in a number of main industries, well not every one of them is related to digital know-how.
“In a way, all companies are transforming into a software firm and each job requires digital efficiency,” Stigter clarified. “Employers,” he continued, “are consequently in search for people with extensive command over online platforms, people who are also better at communicative, administerial and problem-solving skills, to run their businesses.