Google launches free AI training program

As various companies and industries in the Philippines increasingly adopt AI technologies, it is crucial to provide their workforce with the necessary skills to adapt to this changing landscape.

This is why as part of Google’s ongoing commitment to help build a Digital Philippines towards an AI-ready economy, the company announced the availability of Google AI Essentials course on Coursera to equip Filipinos with AI skills.

Google AI Essentials is a self-paced online course taught by AI experts at Google, which is designed to help people get essential AI skills to boost productivity. The Beginner Level does require prior AI experience and takes less than 10 hours to complete. Through this course, learners will gain the skills on Generative AI, Prompt Engineering, Large Language Model (LLMs) to name a few. After course completion, learners will receive a shareable certificate from Google.

By providing AI training and upskilling the modern workforce using Google AI Essentials, they’ll be able to leverage on AI tools to generate ideas and content, make more informed decisions, and speed up daily tasks.

Google AI Essentials Scholarships

Google partnered with the Department of Information Communications Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry to extend scholarship opportunities to more Filipinos nationwide. These government agencies will grant scholarships among Filipino youth, jobseekers, entrepreneurs, civil servants, and MSMEs.

“Google AI Essentials launch is a key step forward in digital inclusion and innovation. By broadening access to AI education, this initiative is set to transform our economy and equip a skilled workforce ready to capitalize on digital opportunities. We commend Google for their leadership in this effort and look forward to the significant impact it will have on our nation’s economic growth and workforce development,” said Alfredo Pascual, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.

“Google is deeply committed to the Philippines and its digital transformation towards an AI-ready future. We believe that AI has the power to unlock immense economic potential and drive innovation across industries. Through initiatives like Google AI Essentials, we aim to empower Filipinos with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the AI age. We’re excited to continue our partnership with the government, businesses, and communities to build a more inclusive and progressive digital future for the Philippines,” said Jackie Wang, Country Director of Google Philippines and Thailand.

Indeed, AI is transforming job roles and tasks in the workplace. Google AI Essentials will aid employees to stay relevant and competitive in the digital age. 

Bubbles enjoys watching K-dramas and comedies in her spare time. She has a strong background in customer service and business operations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors. She has a degree in Business Management and a Master's Degree from DLSU.

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