Amazon has launched a new initiative, ‘AI Ready’, with the goal of educating 2 million users in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2025. The initiative comes in response to the growing demand for AI expertise and aims to transform education into artificial intelligence accessible to all.
Through this program, the tech giant offers eight free courses focused on AI project management and development. The courses are designed to make AI education accessible to anyone who is ready to learn and acquire the skills necessary to work in the field of artificial intelligence.
According to official posts, the new courses align with the company’s ‘AI Ready’ commitment. Amazon aims to expand access to generative AI knowledge, thereby developing a more skilled and well-equipped workforce for the future. The company reported that 21 million people have already participated in AWS cloud computing skills training through previous projects.
What programs are to be launched
To achieve this goal, Amazon is launching tailored programs for both adults and students. The ‘AI Ready’ program offered by Amazon AWS includes eight new and free courses in AI and generative AI, as well as the AWS Generative AI Scholarship, which will provide access to a new generative AI course on Udacity to more than 50,000 high school and university students globally. In partnership with Code.org, Amazon will introduce students to the world of generative AI.
The curriculum will introduce individuals to the basics of generative AI, planning projects involving AI, and applying Amazon’s CodeWhisperer AI code generator. The courses focus on educating participants about AWS machine learning, language patterns, and the Bedrock AI application builder.
Amazon points out that more and more companies are looking for people who know AI and are willing to pay more for these “skills”. A study by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and research firm Access Partnership shows that there is a growing demand for employees with AI skills, with 73% of employers prioritizing AI skills in their hiring process. However, three out of four employers face difficulty finding professionals with AI skills.