As of mid-June 2017:
- To date we have trained 2,955,239 people across the EU since our Growth Engine initiatives launched in 2014. This year alone, we have trained 597,718 in the EU. Our programmes have also expanded to Africa, where collectively we have now trained over 5 Million people on digital skills in EMEA. The Digital Workshop eLearning platform (learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalworkshop-eu/
) is now live in 27 EU countries after successfully launching the platform in Malta in April.
- 13,500 Android developer Scholarships were awarded in January with Udacity and Bertelsmann and 51% of the beginner course students have graduated so far. 1120 top performers have now started their advanced Android training and we look forward to them finding long lasting careers as developers in the coming months.
- We’ve also conducted first independent studies (carried out by IPSOS and 8 think tanks across the EU) to measure the impact of the Growth Engine initiative. The early data shows a positive impact on the confidence of trainees on their digital skills and their employment prospects. 60% of trainees in Europe are more positive about their future after completing the Growth Engine programs. 30K individuals have also reported that the training has had a positive impact on their employment situation, with 18% of people trained finding a job or getting a promotion, and 3% SMBs hiring a new employee to work on digital to help the business succeed online.
- In terms of public-private partnerships, at the EU level we are now working with three governments (Italy, Greece and Spain) on the Growth Engine programs supported by the Youth Guarantee.