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Facebook to open major European digital training hubs

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Facebook (opens in new tab) has announced that it will open three new centres in Europe dedicated to training people in digital skills with the goal of training one million people in the next two years. 

The US company plans to open three “community skills hubs” in Spain, Poland and Italy to help prepare EU citizens to better participate in the digital economy.  Facebook will also invest 10 million Euros in France through its artificial intelligence research facility (opens in new tab) in Paris. 

The social network's education efforts are designed to better prepare people so that they will not be left behind as a result of the digital revolution. 

Facebook's community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety.  The training will be offered to those with limited access to technology such as refugees, youths and the elderly.  The company aims to train one million individuals as well as business owners by the year 2020. 

Facebook's Community Boost EU program will be geared towards small businesses and start-ups to help them hire new employees and grow.  The company plans to conduct in-person training for 100,000 small and medium sized businesses and it will also offer online training for 250,000 businesses. 

All across the EU, governments and businesses are working together to boost digital skills (opens in new tab) in the region in an effort to lower unemployment rates and ensure that workers are trained to meed the needs of today's digital world. 

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.