Amazon Pledges Free AI Skills Training for 2 Million People by 2025
Amazon has unveiled a new program to provide free AI skills training to two million people globally by 2025. The new “AI Ready” grew from what Amazon sees as an urgent need for AI talent, with one survey finding that 75% of employers struggle to meet AI hiring demands – though skilled workers can earn nearly 50% higher salaries. The company views AI Ready as critical for current and future workforces to seize AI’s tremendous potential.
AI Ready includes eight free online AI courses tailored to roles from business leaders to developers. These courses are part of Amazon’s strategy to democratize AI learning and make it accessible to a broader audience. Amazon Web Services will additionally award over 50,000 underrepresented students AI scholarships via partner Udacity.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most transformative technology of our generation. If we are going to unlock the full potential of AI to tackle the world’s most challenging problems, we need to make AI education accessible to anyone with a desire to learn,” AWS vice president of data and AI Swami Sivasubramanian explained in a blog post. “Amazon’s new AI Ready commitment is in addition to AWS’s commitment to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to provide free cloud computing skills training to 29 million people by 2025, which has already trained more than 21 million people.”
For younger generations, Amazon is also rolling out a unique Hour of Code Dance Party: AI Edition program. This innovative approach will engage K-12 students in generative AI through an interactive experience where they create AI-powered virtual music videos. This not only introduces them to AI but also nurtures computational thinking skills, which are crucial in today’s tech-driven world. Students will have a chance to teach a virtual dancer choreography and employ emojis as AI prompts for animated backgrounds. Hour of Code will happen during Computer Science Education Week, which is December 4–10 this year.