Pluralsight Wins Google Cloud Social Impact Partner of the Year - Education 2021 Award
SILICON SLOPES, Utah — Pluralsight, the technology workforce development company, today announced that it has received the 2021 Google Cloud Social Impact Partner of the Year - Education award. Pluralsight was recognized as a result of its successful partnership with both Google Cloud and Andela, a global job placement network for software developers with a mission to train 100,000 software engineers across Africa in 10 years. Together, these organizations are enabling aspiring developers across Africa to skill up through the Google Africa Developer Scholarship (GADS) program powered by Pluralsight Skills, the leading technology skill development platform.
By 2034, Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1 billion—yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. There is a great need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. Technology offers great opportunities for creating jobs, growing businesses and boosting economies. However, people need the right skills and tools to navigate the digital world. The GADS program, a four-month scholarship program, solves this problem by enabling existing and aspiring developers in Africa to build the skills they need to get their Google certifications through Pluralsight Skills. So far, Google, Pluralsight and Andela have provided access to more than 61,000 learners across 53 African countries.
"We believe in the power of human acumen and technology to solve the toughest challenges. Technology is a lifeline. Google Cloud’s work in Africa is designed to support making technology both universally accessible and useful. This award underscores our mission to advance the world’s technology workforce and our passion for enabling catalytic initiatives and solutions that make a positive and lasting impact on the world," said Ken Leonard, SVP of Global Ecosystem Solutions at Pluralsight. "Our partnership with Google Cloud has given Pluralsight the space to support tech-enabled solutions that help turn challenges into opportunities, and give all people regardless of their challenges our best in class tools to develop the technology skills they need to succeed. We are so very proud and humbled to be recognized for this effort working alongside a deeply committed partner dedicated to creating momentum around harnessing technology to do good."
"Over the last year, Pluralsight has demonstrated its continued commitment to helping drive positive outcomes across education with innovative technology and solutions, resulting in long-lasting and impactful outcomes for customers and their communities," said Bronwyn Hastings, VP of Global ISV Partnerships and Channels, Google Cloud. "We're proud to recognize Pluralsight as Social Impact Partner of the Year for Education."
With Pluralsight Skills, fellows within the program receive free access to custom learning paths and curated expert-authored courses on the topics of Associate Android Developer, Google Cloud Engineering, or Mobile Web Specialist. Additionally, fellows have access to several learning modalities, including virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs and sandboxes, and skill assessments to further their cloud skills.
Learners that advanced through their chosen path by meeting requirements, have the opportunity to take an Associate Android Developer or Associate Google Cloud Engineer certification exam for free, courtesy of Google. As a result, more than 1,000 aspiring developers qualified to take a Google certification exam after completing all the learning phases and projects with learners benchmarking more 43,500 skills with Skill IQ.
To learn more about how Pluralsight Skills delivers the most effective path to developing technology skills, visit www.pluralsight.com.
Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services. For more information about Pluralsight, visit pluralsight.com.