Published on November 21, 2023, 2:17 pm

Amazon Offers Free Training and Scholarships for Generative AI Careers

In a bid to support the growing demand for generative AI skills, Amazon has launched several initiatives aimed at helping workers and students advance their knowledge in this field. The program titled “AI Ready” encompasses three key offerings.

Firstly, Amazon is introducing eight new free courses that cover various aspects of generative AI, catering to the needs of developers, technical workers, business leaders, and non-technical professionals. These courses are in addition to the existing 80 free and low-cost classes already available through AWS.

For developers and technical enthusiasts, the free courses provide a comprehensive understanding of topics like neural networks, deep learning models, natural language processing (NLP), and more. On the other hand, non-technical professionals can benefit from courses that focus on equipping them with a working knowledge of AI applications and potential business use cases.

In collaboration with Udacity, Amazon will also offer $12 million worth of scholarships under the AWS Generative AI Scholarship program. This initiative aims to support over 50,000 high school and university students from underserved communities worldwide. Eligible students can enroll in the course “Introducing Generative AI with AWS,” which provides an overview of generative AI concepts along with practical application exercises. Successful completion of this course will earn students a certificate from Udacity.

Furthermore, Amazon Future Engineer has joined forces with Code.org to introduce an exciting challenge for students. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own virtual music video set using songs from artists such as Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles. Through coding the virtual dancer’s choreography and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) prompts in the form of emojis for designing animated backgrounds during Hour of Code Dance Party: AI Edition, participants will gain hands-on experience in working with large language models and how they generate text and images.

To encourage participation during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 4-10), AWS will provide $8 million in AWS Cloud computing credits to support Hour of Code activities organized by Code.org for students and teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade.

With the rise in popularity of generative AI across industries, acquiring AI skills has become an increasingly sought-after career path. A study conducted by AWS and research firm Access Partnership revealed that 93% of businesses anticipate the integration of AI-based technologies within the next five years. As a result, 73% of these organizations consider hiring individuals with AI skills as a top priority, yet many struggle to find qualified candidates. Professionals who do possess these valuable competencies can expect up to a 47% increase in their earning potential.

Overall, Amazon’s initiatives aim to democratize access to generative AI knowledge and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to embark on successful careers in this rapidly evolving field.

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