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Google Digital Garage

Talent and Skills

Impact for scaleups


Trained since 2015


Webinars provided each week


Hours of learning through online courses


Hours of free 1:1 support or mentoring on offer

Key sectors

Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare

Google Digital Garage, part of Grow with Google, was set up in 2015, to provide free digital skills training for individuals as well as small and scaling businesses. Participants learn how to use online tools and social media as well as maps and data analytics. 

Since 2015, the Google Digital Garage has visited more than 500 locations across the UK and trained more than 800,000 people to grow their business or expand their career. The programme offers online courses; in-person and virtual webinars and skills certifications;  and through its ‘Google Career Certificates’ initiative has also funded 10,000 scholarships across the UK, which will be distributed by Grow with Google partners. The Google Career Certificate Scholarship Program gives learners access to take the courses covered by the certificates, on topics like UX design and data analytics, free of charge for those who are in receipt of the scholarship. Through its partnership with Digital Boost it connects small businesses and charities with Digital Garage coaches and Google employees who are offering 10,000 hours of free 1:1 support and mentoring.

Following the success of virtual webinars during the coronavirus lockdown Google is offering  in-person and virtual sessions and has expanded the series of courses available, including a series of training in tools and resources for remote working. It delivers around 20 webinars and trains more than 500 people each week.

In response to YouGov data in 2022 revealing that lack of time is the number one barrier stopping people from learning skills that could take their careers and businesses to the next level, Google launched the Skills To Go campaign which led to its website relaunch. The content now includes full-length courses and short training sessions,which range from 5 to 20 minutes for those with limited time to complete while commuting, over a coffee break or in between appointments.

Google Digital Garage website