Digital skills are the best set of skills that would guarantee you a space in any workspace today.

Now, one of the best places to learn those skills happen to be from search engine giant, Google.

The search giant recently launched the empowerment programme, which it tagged Google Digital Skills for Africa programme, targeting over 10 million Africans.

That programme is now in Sokoto, targeting local communities of Sokoto State, through Google Nigeria.

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The three-day training at the Digital Learning Centre of the Usman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto, offer trainings to help individuals and communities develop and grow digital skills, find jobs and advance in their careers, provides free courses, tools and in-person digital training to students, educators, job seekers and businesses.

Speaking on the launch of the programme in Sokoto, Google Nigeria’s Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, said: “The web is at the heart of economic growth and Google has been supporting African businesses and individuals to succeed online. In 2016, Google committed to train one million young Africans in digital skills in one year. In 2017, that commitment was further extended to 10 million Africans in five years.

“Last year, we announced plans to help more people in Africa prepare for jobs of the future through our local community-focused Digital Skills Training programmes.

“The launch of these community-focused trainings is aimed at helping more people in Nigeria acquire the skills they need to leverage online tools for growth and to give them access to better employment and/or the skills to start their own businesses.”

She added: “Google’s investment in digital skills will support government’s efforts to enable Nigerians to gain employment by equipping them with the skills needed by today’s online, connected organisations. We have had hundreds of success stories from across Africa and we are looking forward to seeing more from right here in Sokoto and other communities. I believe that a year from now, we will have businesses here in Sokoto that will expand globally as a result of this training.”

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