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Microsoft, LinkedIn Expand Initiative to Enable More Inclusive, Skills-Based Tech Economy in US

The companies have launched a variety of new tools and services aimed at fostering a more inclusive tech workforce in the US, with a specific focus on women and underrepresented minorities.

Microsoft and LinkedIn have launched Career Connector — a service that aims to build on the success of the companies’ global skills initiative , launched last summer, which the companies say provided 30.7 million people with free digital skills training during the pandemic.

According to Microsoft President Brad Smith , this new initiative expands the companies’ work and vision in this area, and commits Microsoft and LinkedIn to a new promise to help 250,000 companies make a skills-based hire in 2021 — while fostering a more inclusive tech workforce in the US, with a specific focus on women and underrepresented minorities.

With this work, Microsoft and LinkedIn join a growing number of companies — including Apple , Starbucks , EVERFI , Mastercard and Visa , to name a few — that have directed much-needed resources to education, finance and job placement for women and communities of color, with the goal of creating a more equitable workforce in the US post-pandemic.

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