Microsoft, General Assembly to Train 15,000 Workers on AI Skills by 2022


Microsoft will join General Assembly’s AI Standards Board to help create industry-recognized credentials for AI skills

Microsoft is partnership with education provider General Assembly (GA) to close skills gaps in the fast-growing fields of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and data engineering, machine learning and data science.

The companies plan to upskill and reskill up to 15,00 workers by 2022 and create a pool of AI talent for the global workforce.

In the first year, the partnership will focus on facilitating 2,000 job transitions for workers interested in moving into AI and machine learning roles and will train an additional 13,000 workers with AI-related skills across sectors in the next three years.

“Artificial intelligence is driving the greatest disruption to our global economy since industrialization, and Microsoft is an amazing partner as we develop solutions to empower companies and workers to meet that disruption head on,” said Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, GA.

Microsoft to join General Assembly’s AI Standards Board

The joint program will focus on three core areas: setting the standards for artificial intelligence skills, developing scalable AI training solutions for companies, and creating a sustainable talent pool of workers with AI skills.

Microsoft will join General Assembly’s AI Standards Board to help define skills standards, develop assessments, design a career framework and build an industry-recognized credential for AI skills in the next six months.

The collaboration will also focus on accelerating the workforce training needs of Microsoft’s customers so that more teams have the foundational skills needed to work with AI.

To ensure that businesses can meet ever-growing AI talent needs, GA and Microsoft will establish an AI Talent Network to source candidates for hire and project-based work.

“As a technology company committed to driving innovation, we have a responsibility to help workers access the AI training they need to ensure they thrive in the workplace of today and tomorrow,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president of Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft.

Meanwhile, GA will leverage its existing network of 22 campuses and the broader Adecco ecosystem to create a repeatable talent pipeline for the AI Talent Network.