The Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) has launched a Google career certificate programmes to give Ghanaians the opportunity to secure high paying jobs.
The programme, which was launched last Thursday, will be closed to prospective candidates tomorrow.
The virtual six-month sponsored programmes, to be hosted on Cosera platform and fully sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning, are market-driven and are offered for learners in the Commonwealth countries.
Google career programmes
The programmes are Information Technology (IT) Support, Data Analytics, Project Management and User Experience Designed.
Learners who will be selected to complete the programmes will be acclaimed Google Certified Specialists in their respective fields of study.
Each learner will be expected to complete at least one programme by the end of the sixth month.
To complete a programme successfully, each learner is expected to spend at least 10 hours a week on a programme and should be able to complete it within six months.
"So, the purpose of this new launch is to introduce to Ghanaians Google Career Certificate Programmes.
"Google has identify four main areas that are in demand that employers are looking out to engage people," the Executive Director of the GhLA, Mr Hayford Siaw, explained, adding that such personnel were being sought for in the market by high paying companies.
He said, for instance, that a learner who took the IT Support programme, at the end, "it is expected that you will be a specialist who will be able to troubleshoot problems so that computers can work properly."
On the Data Analytics learner, he said such a learner was expected to pass out as a data analyst who would be able to collect, and analyse data to help make inform decisions.
"Also, when you are trained to be a google certified project management specialist, you will be expected to ensure that projects within an organisation are managed and completed with a maximum value.
"For the User Experienced Design programme, the certified personnel would be able to make digital and physical products easier," Mr Siaw outlined them to the Daily Graphic.
He said in all the four courses, a learner did not need any experience to enrol and ‘‘you can learn at your own pace insofar as you are able to occupy yourself for the 10 hours a week.’’
Advice to learners
Throwing more light on the programme, Mr Siaw explained that each programme would be organised in two cohorts and each cohort would be made up of 1,500 learners, bringing the total to 3,000.
He advised those to be selected to take the programme seriously because the Commonwealth of Learning was paying each programme $234 per learner.
Mr Siaw, therefore, advised the potential students to note that those who would enrol should make sure that they had enough time to go through the programme successfully.
He explained that unlike the previous programmes where learners could combine programmes, "this one is different and learners are expected to do a programme at a time because this is more demanding with a lot of exercises."
Mr Siaw, however, explained that those who had time could still do more than one programme over the six months depending on the time available to the learner.