UK allots GBP 23Mn to upskill students in AI

The United Kingdom has asked companies to play their part by match-funding the AI scholarships for the conversion courses.

The UK Government has launched a GBP 23 million fund to create 2,000 scholarships in AI and data science across the country. The scholarship aims to help young people from underrepresented groups including women, people of colour and people with disabilities join the UK’s AI industry.

“Today we’re investing millions to ensure people from all parts of society can access the opportunities and benefits AI is creating in this country. We are doubling the number of AI scholarships previously available to underrepresented groups to build a diverse and inclusive workforce fit for the future of tech,” said Chris Philip, Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy.

The United Kingdom has asked companies to play their part by match-funding the AI scholarships for the conversion courses. 

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The government aims to close the digital skills gap and diversity by encouraging under-represented demographics to join the technology sector. At present, 66% of digital leaders in the UK are finding it difficult to keep up with the technological changes as they lack the skill set needed.

“It is essential that we continue to equip our workforce with the skills they need in this important technology, while also making the industry accessible to talented people from all backgrounds. That’s why today’s significant funding award is so important, which will see underrepresented groups trained up to build successful careers in AI, supporting the growth and diversity of AI in the UK,” said Science Minister George Freeman.

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SharathKumar Nair
Sharath is an ardent believer in the ‘Transhumanism’ movement. Anything and everything about technology excites him. At Analytics India Magazine, he writes about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the impact these emerging technologies have on day-to-day human lives. When not working on a story, he spends his time reading tech novels and watching sci-fi movies and series.

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