Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic development in EU. It can bring solutions to many societal, humanitarian or environmental challenges from treating diseases (today AI is used to find a cure to Covid-19, the greatest medical challenge of the century), predicting floods to anticipating cybersecurity threats etc. One of the main challenges for the EU to be competitive is to ensure the take-up of AI technology across its economy.
In this frame it is indisputable that the European approach to AI needs to be underpinned by a strong focus on skills development so that everyone in EU can benefit from the green and digital transformations of the EU economy (White Paper on AI, 2020). Developing the skills necessary to have the right AI mindset and upskilling the workforce to become fit for the AI-led transformation is a priority of the EU and it needs to be widely integrated into European curricula, including VET – sector of key strategic importance to EU.
Project objectives are:
• Exploring real world AI use-cases and use them for educational purposes
• Developing a diagnostic tool to assess the impact of adopting AI in businesses
• Designing and testing an entry level VET training program to develop new, non-technical skills needed for AI readiness in a business context
• Developing innovative training materials and high quality OERs for the target group to support them in understanding the ways adopting AI enhance business performance