Replicate AI Masters conversion courses to other digital sub-sectors
techUK has welcomed joint government-industry collaborations to drive up AI skills in the UK. The UK has had success in the creation of AI Masters conversion courses which enable graduates to do further study courses in the field even if their undergraduate course is not directly related. Supported by techUK members including Deepmind, QuantumBlack, Cisco, BAE Systems, Infosys, and Accenture, this programme has enabled 2,500 people to develop new digital skills or retrain to help find new employment in the UK’s cutting-edge AI and data science sectors.
As techUK spotlighted in it's recent Quantum report, UK government could help deliver further training opportunities, working to develop post-graduate certificates to fill key missing gaps; and education programs that accelerate cross-disciplinary programs and bridge engineering, science, business, and social sciences to develop graduates with an understanding of the huge potential of technologies such as quantum from a technological and business perspective. Creating a steady pipeline of tech talent is imperative to the UK remaining a science and tech superpower and these partnerships are needed to develop the next generation of tech talent.