Facebook starts programme to bolster digital skills

Facebook starts programme to bolster digital skills

While much of the training will likely be focused on using Facebook to reach small business goals, the company does promise to help people getting online for the first time or wanting to support their community with training on basic digital literacy and online safety.

Amidst a tech skills shortage, Facebook is venturing to 30 USA cities to provide digital and social media training to unemployed people and SMBs throughout 2018, the company announced Thursday in a blog post. We look forward to working closely with Facebook in coordinating the week-long event to ensure Albuquerque and New Mexico small businesses are aware and can participate to the fullest extent.

Called Community Boost, the program will visit 30 USA cities - including Des Moines, Iowa, Houston, St. Louis and Albuquerque - next year and work with local groups to train people in skills such as coding, building websites - and naturally, using Facebook for their business. "I look forward to working with the Facebook team to help local residents developed stronger digital skills, train people how to safely use the Internet, and help local businesses and nonprofits operate more successfully online", Greenville Mayor Knox White said in a news release. It has helped 60,000 firms in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands more globally. The program seeks to help businesses expand their digital footprints and find new customers, as well as provide digital training for job seekers, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

80% of United States small and medium businesses on Facebook say the platform helps them connect to people in their local community.

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46% say it has helped them hire additional employees. "That's because small businesses create jobs, provide services, and bring people together". The company said the locations were picked based on feedback from businesses who want to improve the digital training opportunities in their community.

If you're an entrepreneur, we'll have training programs on how to use technology to turn an idea into a business or show you ways to create a free online presence using Facebook.

According to reports by Tech Crunch, the skills that will be going on roadshow are (of course) very Facebook-centric, leading one to question who exactly is benefiting the most from this program.

The statement quotes a Morning Consult statistic that claims that 62 percent of SMBs in the United States actively look for digital or social media skills in their hires. "The work Facebook will be doing in Greenville is important for the future prosperity of SC, and we look forward to working with them", Gov. Henry McMaster said.

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