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Google has launched a €25mn training and skills programme to help Europe's workforce 'seize the opportunity of AI' and prevent the exacerbation of existing inequalities. The initiative is targeted at 'vulnerable and underserved' communities who may be at risk of being left behind as the use of AI in the workplace increases.
"AI has enormous potential to transform the world for the better - yet research shows that the benefits of AI could exacerbate existing inequalities," commented Adrian Brown, executive director of the London-based Centre for Public Impact."
Selected organizations will provide training on foundational AI and will receive cash grants for additional support like childcare or compensation for pay. Additionally, Google will run 'growth academies' to support startups using AI to address challenges in health, education, and cybersecurity.
Google will also run a series of 'growth academies' to support startups using AI to solve challenges in health, education, and cybersecurity.
This AI training initiative is an expansion of Google's existing efforts to address digital skills gaps in Europe. Since 2015, Google's 'Grow with Google' has provided free training and upskilled more than 12 million people.
Google's latest AI drive in Europe follows 'Grow with Google,' launched back in 2015, which offered free training to help address the EU's digital skills gap. Google claims to have upskilled over 12 million people since that scheme began.