Partnership to bring forward AI training for the West Midlands

Digital skills training provider, Netcom Training is set to pilot a series of AI courses in the West Midlands, delivered in partnership with American corporation Intel.

Courses intend to improve employability and upskilling in the workplace by addressing the digital skill gap through AI utilisation. 

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has granted Netcom Training more than £500k to launch the ‘AI for Current Workforce’ courses, which will cater for 360 learners with 120 individuals enrolled in each programme.

AI project management skills, professional skills, and AI-powered venture-building skills that can be used in the workplace will be offered in the courses. 

Courses will include interactive sessions delivered virtually by AI experts from Netcom and trained by Intel and participants will be accredited with an Intel Digital Readiness Certificate upon completion.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA Chair, said: “Artificial Intelligence will play an increasingly important role in the successful economies of the future so local businesses must be able to future-proof themselves and adapt to this rapidly changing marketplace.

“That will require staff who are skilled in the use of AI technology which is why this training course in partnership with Netcom Training and Intel is so critical. Since the devolution of the Adult Education Budget in 2019, the WMCA has secured more than £700 million of public funds for jobs and skills, establishing the West Midlands as the UK’s training hub. I can’t wait to see local people using their AI technology skills to help keep our region at the cutting edge of innovation in the months and years ahead.”

Kevin Vashi, managing director of Netcom Training, said: “Not only will this benefit local people but also support local businesses by providing access to a skilled workforce – trained in technologies for the future and ultimately improving the economy of the region. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Netcom’s commitment to advance digital skills.

“We were delighted to be selected as the training partner for the delivery of the latest AI training initiative. We look forward to driving innovation through our partnership with Intel and WMCA and providing individuals and businesses with the tools and knowledge they need to fully reap the benefits of this transformational technology,”