New Google feature to help bridge the skills gap

'Pathways' feature can link job seekers with local training programmes

Man searching Google on laptop

Google has created a new feature for its search engine to help job seekers find local training programmes and find the skills employers are looking for.

The feature is called 'Pathways' and aims to help people find useful information about the skills and training they need for a job and better connect them with local resources that can help them realise those opportunities.

"We want to help people everywhere and believe these opportunities should be more discoverable online," Nick Zakrasek, Google product manager wrote in a blog post. "That's why today we're announcing a new feature within job search called Pathways - part of our Grow with Google initiative to ensure economic opportunity for everyone.

"When someone searches for jobs on Google, we'll show not only jobs available right now in their area, but also information about effective local training and education programs."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Google has started a pilot of Pathways in Virginia, where it has partnered with leading organisations in the area, including the State of Virginia, the Virginia Community College System and many local employers to make programs more discoverable through search.

There is also a pilot with Goodwill, a nonprofit job training provider in America. As part of the Pathways initiative,  volunteer Google engineers will work with local Goodwill organisations to ensure their education and training programs are easily found on the open web.

Google believes that these pilots will help it to develop new features and ensure that program information is readily accessible to everyone, with the long-term aim to roll it out to more countries in the future.

It's all part of the tech giants 20-year anniversary which has seen it roll out a host of new features, such as including more visual results into search and an AI tool to help predict areas likely to flood.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/354584/windows-10-and-the-tools-for-agile-working
Sponsored

Windows 10 and the tools for agile working

20 Jan 2020
Visit/microsoft-windows/32066/what-to-do-if-youre-still-running-windows-7
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
Visit/business-strategy/public-sector/354608/uk-gov-launches-ps300000-sen-edtech-initiative
public sector

UK gov launches £300,000 SEN EdTech initiative

22 Jan 2020