Microsoft is currently investing heavily in training and certification for a wide range of skills related to AI, and they are doing this in partnership with General Assembly, which is an education provider. This was announced by both the companies during this morning. The goal of Microsoft is to train more than 15,000 people by the year 2022 in order to increase the AI talent pool all over the planet. This training and certification will focus on the fields of AI, data science, machine learning, data engineering, and cloud services and so much more.
In the first year of their new program, Microsoft will be focusing on the training of 2,000 workers in order to transition them towards leading an AI and machine learning role. Over the full three years of this program, it will aim to train an additional 13,000 workers with AI-related skills in partnership with General Assembly.
Microsoft will be joining General Assembly’s new AI Standards Board as part of their effort to make this program a success. This will be achieved along with some other companies. Within the next six months, the AI Standards Board will help to define the different standards of AI skills as well as develop assessments, and they will also design a career framework in the AI field as well as create credentials for AI skills.
The training program that will be developed for this initiative will try to focus on filling the AI jobs that are currently available where Microsoft technologies are involved. As the US IT giant notes, many workers today are just not skilled enough for roles that involve the use of Microsoft’s Azure in the fields of aerospace, manufacturing and elsewhere. The company says that their training will focus on serving the needs of their customers who are looking to employ people that possess skills in AI.
This initiative will also include the creation of a Talent Network in AI that will source people who are looking for long-term employment as well as various types of contract work. General Assembly, who is Microsoft’s partner in this program, will assist with this effort by connecting its 22 campuses and the broader Adecco ecosystem to this jobs pipeline.
Microsoft has cited the potential for Artificial Intelligence’s impact on job creation as a major reason behind the creation of this program, and the company states that up to 133 million new job roles have the potential to be created by the end of 2022 as a result of the new technologies that will be developed in the field of AI. Of course, it is also very much about making sure that its own software and cloud customers can find people who are capable of working with its products, Azure being an example of such a product from Microsoft.
Jean-Philippe Courtois, who is the Executive Vice President and also the President of Global Sales from the Marketing and Operations department of Microsoft, has stated that Microsoft as a technology company is committed to driving innovation, and they have a major responsibility towards helping workers access the AI training that they will need in order to ensure that they can thrive in the workplace of both today and tomorrow. He also went on to further add that they are thrilled to combine their industry experience and technical expertise in partnership with General Assembly will be able to help close the gap in skills and ensure that businesses around the world can maximize their full potential in today’s AI-driven economy.