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Microsoft is set to train 30,000 people in digital skills to ensure the UK stays at the forefront of the technology sector.
The programme will see many public servants trained for free and ensure UK workers have the necessary skills needed to support ongoing development of cloud computing and artificial intelligence.
Microsoft is also introducing new online digital literacy training for schools to ensure future workers are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the future workplace.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “This is further evidence that Britain is one of the best places in the world to do digital business. Microsoft’s commitment to training, technology and apprenticeships will ensure that we remain at the cutting-edge of innovation.
“Our technology industry is fundamental to securing future economic growth and this government is committed to ensuring it continues to thrive. It’s a key part of our Industrial Strategy to back Britain for the long term, creating the conditions where business can flourish, driving growth for the whole nation.”
“We believe a fourth industrial revolution is under way – one driven by the transformative power of cloud technologies,” explained Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK chief executive.
“In the wake of the EU referendum vote, the UK is looking at charting a new and different path to its future and Microsoft is committed, as it has been for more than 30 years, to helping the UK realise its full potential. We believe maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness relies on a successful transition to a cloud-enabled economy.”