Google’s programs of skill development in emerging technologies and soft skills are very much aligned with the vision of Ministry of IT : Syed Amin Ul Haque

Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque has said that Google’s programs of skill development in emerging technologies and soft skills are very much aligned with the vision of Ministry of IT. In this era of digitalization, limited skills are never enough; young people need to stay updated with the fast-paced trendy world. He was addressing as Chief Guest in the Google Career Certificates 2.0 Launch Ceremony organized by Google Asia Pacific in local hotel on Tuesday.

Minister IT welcomed the Google Asia Pakistan Team and lauded the efforts to launch their new version of Career Certificates Program for Pakistan. He said; with more than two-thirds of the population under 30 years of age Pakistan's population boasts an enormous potential of young people.

“This demographic presents a unique opportunity for growth and development if we can harness their talents and channel them in the right direction” he added.

Syed Amin Ul Haque said that, in pursuit of our objective to increase IT exports, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has collaborated with both public and private sector stakeholders to set a goal of 100% export growth in the coming years. Achieving this target requires skilled youth trained in the latest technologies to meet the demands of the market.

Highlighting about the program, IT Minister said that the good thing about the Google Career Certificate Scholarships for skill development courses is whether you are new to some field or don’t have a relevant academic background, you can still enroll for the course.

He said Google Career Certificates focused on 6 in-demand areas related to digital, including:

1)           IT support,

2)           Project management,

3)           Data analysis,

4)           UX design,

5)           IT automation,

6)           Digital marketing and E-commerce.

Now, in 2023, google have announced 3 highly demanded courses:

1)           Business intelligence

2)           Advanced data analytics, and

3)           Cybersecurity

These programs will ensure that Pakistanis are ready for the future of the Pakistani job economy.

Syed Amin Ul Haque further said that, in 2022, Google in collaboration with partners IRM and Ignite, gave out 15,000 scholarships to Pakistanis.

“This year, we are further deepening our commitment. Google in collaboration with partners IRM and Tech Valley, will give out a total of 44,500 scholarships to Pakistanis", he lauded.

IT Minister said that our focus is on women and urban youth, both of which are underrepresented, and in need of these skills and certifications.

He extended his sincere appreciation and full support to Google team for creating this initiative and leveraging the latest technologies to empower the youth of the nation.