The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and techUK are hosting a roundtable to inform the development of policy on AI upskilling in SMEs.

The government has published new business guidance to support employees with the skills and resources they need to use AI at work. To ensure the guidance is useful for organisations across the UK economy, the government is now seeking views from across the UK’s expert community. Building on this feedback, InnovateUK BridgeAI and the Alan Turing Institute will publish updated guidance, an accompanying skills framework and sector-specific case studies.

This roundtable will also provide an opportunity for DSIT to seek feedback on the proposed flexible AI upskilling fund pilot announced by the Chancellor at Spring Budget. The scheme aims to support SMEs to upskill their employees in AI by subsidising AI skills training.

Through the discussion, we are looking to understand:

  • What are the barriers to SMEs accessing AI skills training?
  • What type of AI skills training do SMEs need to adopt AI?
  • How can government support SMEs to make use of the flexible AI Upskilling Fund Pilot? 

This is an opportunity for SMEs to share their thoughts and ideas on how the government and industry can work together to shape DSIT policy on the development of AI skills and knowledge within the business community.