More than ever, technology is enabling people and businesses across the UK. In 2021, we achieved our target to help one million small British businesses stay open by helping them be found online.
It’s important that everyone is able to take advantage of the increasing innovation in the UK and grow skill sets to prepare for the jobs of the present and the future. Since we launched our Digital Garage programme in Leeds in 2015, we have provided free digital skills training to more than 700,000 people across the UK .
Thousands more UK jobseekers will also be helped to upgrade their digital skills in 2022 thanks to our expanded partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Nearly 10,000 job-seekers are able to gain access to free scholarships to earn a Google Careers Certificate in high-growth, high-demand career fields including IT support, data analysis, project management and UX design.
We’re optimistic about the potential of digital technology to drive an inclusive and sustainable future in the UK. We’re excited to be making this investment in January as a fitting way to start the new year.