Microsoft is investing an additional £4m in cash and software in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that run community skills training projects in 30 countries across Europe.
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The investment is part of Microsoft's long-term commitment to foster skills and drive growth through creating employability opportunities for the young unemployed, seniors and people with disabilities.
The company says it is committed to increasing its investments with projects and partners in the areas of education, employability, digital literacy and building the capacity of NGOs in the face of the current economic climate.
"A skilled IT workforce is essential to creating new jobs and fuelling economic growth in Europe, yet almost 300 million Europeans have no e-skills today. We hope to bridge this gap by investing in community-based projects to further advance e-inclusion in Europe," said Jan Muehlfeit, Microsoft Europe chairman.