Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become quite a buzzword in the world of technology. Almost every tech company is trying to make a pivot towards AI and that means AI skills are quite in demand. Keeping that in mind, Microsoft has announced new AI skills initiative. In a LinkedIn post, Kate Behncken, corporate vice president, Microsoft, Philanthropies, detailed what Microsoft has to offer.
Certificate course in Generative AI
Microsoft is partnering with LinkedIn Learning to launch the first Professional Certificate on Generative AI in the online learning market. Through the course, workers will learn introductory concepts of AI, including a look at responsible AI frameworks, and receive a Career Essentials certificate when they pass the assessment.
Microsoft said the professional certificate on Generative AI is currently available in English and will launch in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese over the coming months on LinkedIn Learning. The course will be available for free through 2025
New Generative AI Skills Grant Challenge
Behncken also said that Microsoft is launching the Generative AI Skills Grant Challenge, an open grant program to explore, develop, and implement how nonprofit, social enterprise, and research or academic institutions can train and empower the workforce to use generative AI. “This global grant will support organisations driving skilling and economic growth, especially those focusing on fair and community-led implementations of generative AI with historically marginalised populations around the world. In addition to financial support, the awardees will receive access to a cohort experience, Microsoft events, Azure-based cloud computing resources as well as data training and technical guidance from Microsoft and GitHub experts,” she said in her post.
The grant is now accepting applications, with a deadline for initial proposals on August 15, 2023. Microsoft will announce the winners later this year.