Google donates $50 million to prepare people for the jobs of the future

Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, is pledging $50 million over the next two years to fund nonprofits that use technology to equip workers with new skills with the aim of helping people thrive in a changing economy.

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Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, is pledging $50 million over the next two years to fund nonprofits that use technology to equip workers with new skills with the aim of helping people thrive in a changing economy.

Automation and Artificial Intelligence, two areas in which Google excels, are transforming industries and the job market. Google acknowledges this: “as new technologies continue to unfold in the workplace, more than a third of jobs are likely to require skills that are uncommon in today’s workforce.”

This new fund adds up to Google’s previous $50 million effort to help close the education gap, which enrolled nine organizations around the world. The company says it is its largest philanthropic initiative.

“Combined with our $50 million effort to help close the global education gap, Google.org has now committed $100 million to supporting education and economic opportunity—our largest giving initiative to date,” said the company on its website.

Google states that the grants will help in three main ways:

  • Better connect job seekers with jobs. Support organizations who are driving innovative approaches to connecting job seekers and employers.
  • Help ensure training is as effective and as wide-reaching as possible. Fund research to better understand which trainings will be most effective in getting the most people the jobs of the future.
  • Improving job quality for low-wage workers. Service jobs are the fastest growing category of jobs. Google’s grantee, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has a service called Alia that pools money among domestic workers through a small monthly fee.

Along with the monetary aid, the awarded nonprofits will receive technical advice from Google employees.

Last week, Google launched a new tool, Hire, an app that helps the recruiting process and integrates with the G Suite. The service will keep track of job applicants and is designed specially for small businesses.