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The Road to High Uptake of AI Technology


Why this project?

Digitalisation created 2 million new jobs in the EU in the last decade and 7.75 million new jobs are expected in ICT by 2030; most importantly, 14% to 47% of current jobs are at risk of automation via AI technology. Worker transitions, adaptations and skills requirements will be significant challenges to face when adapting to the coming age of AI. The role of education systems will be paramount in managing the transitions brought about by automation and AI.

The Artificial Intelligence Skills Alliance (ARISA), started in June 2022, is here to support local ecosystems to upskill and reskill the European workforce into (current and emergent) AI-related professions like AI Project Lead, Chief Information Officer, Data Analyst, AI Engineer — and more.

What is the project about?

ARISA makes available AI knowledge and skills so that people can understand and uptake AI technology in business and policy contexts, taking into account privacy, bias, and trust.

It focuses on current and emerging professional roles across four occupational domains — business leaders, technology leaders, technology practitioners, and policymakers.

The ARISA consortium will deliver AI skills intelligence and practical tools to meet the demand for AI skills in Europe: 

  • An AI Skills Needs Analysis of the (current and future) market needs and educational offerings to identify and address the critical gaps. The report will uncover the new workforce requirements in terms of roles and skills for AI-related professions. 
  • A European Strategy for AI Skills development that defines concrete strategic objectives and actions to address the identified gaps including a short-term and long-term roadmap. 
  • AI Skills Curricula and Learning Programmes, including a certification framework to offer Europeans sufficient knowledge and skills on AI, according to their current or desired role profile. The curricula and training programmes will focus on EQF levels 4-8, i.e., from vocational education and training (VET) to higher education qualifications including bachelor’s and master’s degrees. At least 8 education and training providers will pilot the curricula and programmes in their local ecosystems. 

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Skilling, upskilling, and reskilling the EU’s workforce is key to tackling the current — and future — challenges of the digital era. If you want to learn more about ARISA, check us on LinkedIn and Twitter to know what’s in the pipeline and download the project presentation.