As Big Tech continues to grapple with the ethics and implications of generative AI, the technology is already making its way into the workforce. Microsoft has now announced a new program to train workers on AI, further integrating this technology. The initiative, offered through LinkedIn, will provide free coursework and certification. It may seem ironic that generative AI is meant to simplify content creation using everyday language, yet Microsoft is offering courses to help learners compose effective prompts and navigate this rapidly changing field.
Microsoft’s AI Skills Initiative, part of their Skills for Jobs program, will include free courses developed by LinkedIn. These courses will offer learners the first Professional Certificate on Generative AI in the online learning market. They will cover introductory AI concepts, responsible AI frameworks, and conclude with certification. Although currently available only in English, Microsoft plans to add several other languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese, in the coming months.
In addition to the courses, Microsoft is launching a trainer toolkit for educators. This toolkit will provide downloadable, bite-sized content for trainers and a separate AI course specifically designed for teachers and other trainers.
Furthermore, Microsoft has introduced an open grant program for AI, with a focus on supporting historically marginalized populations. The Generative AI Skills Grant Challenge is a collaboration between data.org, Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab, and GitHub. Its goal is to explore, develop, and implement ways in which nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and research institutions can train and empower the workforce to utilize generative AI. Grant recipients will receive financial support, group learning opportunities, data training/guidance, and access to Microsoft events and cloud-computing resources. The grant program is currently accepting applications until August 15th. To learn more and apply, visit the official website.
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