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Training 1 Million People and Small Businesses in Europe by 2020

By Ciaran Quilty, VP, Small Businesses, EMEA

Today we’re announcing a program to help EU businesses grow and to equip more people in the EU with the digital skills they need to compete in today’s workplace.

We’re committing to open three new community skills hubs in Spain, Poland and Italy, and to have trained 1 million people and business owners across the EU by 2020. Today we’re also announcing a 10-million Euro investment in innovation in France through our artificial intelligence research facility.

Small businesses are the heart of our economies and create the majority of new jobs all around the world. Through Facebook Community Boost in the EU, Facebook will work side by side with small businesses and startups to help them grow and hire. We’re building additional programs to help people with the skills and resources they need to get jobs or put their own ideas into action.

Today’s announcements are part of our ongoing investments in digital training. Since 2011, we’ve invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses around the world. Our Boost Your Business program has trained hundreds of thousands of small businesses globally, and more than 1 million small businesses have used Facebook’s free online learning hub, Blueprint. More than 70 million small businesses use our free Pages tool to create an online presence.

According to new research by Morning Consult in partnership with the Lisbon Council and Facebook, small businesses’ use of digital tools translates into new jobs and opportunities for communities across the EU.

We’re committed to investing in small businesses and their communities, and will share what we learn along the way.