Free AI basics training for 10,000 Singaporeans

To keep Singaporeans up-to-date with the latest technologies, about 10,000 citizens will be trained in the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for free.

This forms part of the AI for Everyone (AI4E) programme which was unveiled today to commemorate the first-year milestone for AI Singapore (AISG).

AI for Everyone (AI4E) programme will train about 10,000 Singaporean citizens in the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Photo courtesy: Wikimedia
AI for Everyone (AI4E) programme will train about 10,000 Singaporean citizens in the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Inaugurating the programme, S Iswaran, Minister of Communications and Information of Singapore, said, “The programme aims to familiarise the participants with AI and help them understand how it can be used in their daily lives.”

“Singapore needs a deeper bench strength of talent to further grow our AI ecosystem. AI Singapore can and will play a key role in this regard by working closely with its research and industry partners to nurture a strong pipeline of AI talent for Singapore,” he added

The programme is aimed at a wider group of people ranging from secondary students to working adults.   

Tech giants Microsoft and Intel will provide the materials for the three-hour workshop. These free workshops will be conducted from the end of this month and will run for three years.  

In addition to this, training will also be imparted to the professionals working in industries. The programme called AI for Industry (AI4I) is being targeted at about 2,000 engineers, software developers, as well as manager and executives who are technically aligned and are keen to learn or deepen their Python programming skills to build applications.

S Iswaran, Minister of Communications and Information of Singapore
S Iswaran, Minister of Communications and Information of Singapore. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of S Iswaran

Python programming language is one of the primary coding languages for work in AI.

Participants will receive a Foundations in AI certification after completing the Python course comprising 20 modules. It will take three months to complete the course which will cost SGD500.

Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will also provide financial assistance under the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme+ (CITREP+). 

A student or a full-time National Serviceman or will receive up to 100 per cent fee support while trainees sponsored by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Singaporeans 40 and above will get up to 90 per cent of support. 

The course will start from the end of August.

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