UGT and Google join forces to train workers from all over Spain in digital skills

Monday 27 May 2019

Google will develop a massive, free and open online course (MOOC) focused on digital skills for professionals, addressing the main tools and topics for digital transformation

Google will train (free of charge) 200 UGT union members who will later train other workers in turn. UGT promotes this agreement as a digital training tool for workers to improve their employability. The General Secretary of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, and the General Director of Google in Spain and Portugal, Fuencisla Clemares, signed an agreement committing themselves to collaborate in the training of workers in digital skills.

Oliver Roethig, UNI Europa Regional Secretary, said: “UGT gives an excellent example of how service unions can address the issue of digital up-skilling together with employers. Successful up-skilling needs close cooperation of unions and employers to be successful.

The agreement includes, in the first place, that Google will develop a massive, free and open online course entitled “Digital Competencies for Professionals”, which will last 40 hours, and will be specially designed for workers who want to know how digital tools can be useful in their daily work.

Secondly, Google will train 200 UGT members that will play a multiplier role later, as they will pass this new knowledge to other delegates and workers, also from different economic sector. This is an ambitious program with which UGT wants to reach out the greatest possible number of people.

The content of the course will focus on seven key pillars:

  • Basic use of technology and operating systems
  • Treatment of information (search engines, identifying false or true information)
  • The use of social platforms
  • Content creation (storage of documents, editing of images, right to use content)
  • Security and data privacy; creation of a safe internet environment for customers and employees.
  • Troubleshooting
  • Social competences (identifying problems and solutions)

Digitisation will highly impact our workplace. It is expected that in the next 10 or 15 years, 21 million new jobs will be created globally, of which 90% will require some digital skills.

Through this collaboration agreement with Google, UGT reinforces its commitment to training as a fundamental tool to improve the employability of workers facing the challenge of digitalisation.

Access the UGT article here.