The launch of tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney and Bard have shown us all the potential Artificial Intelligence (AI) has to be a significant disruptor to our lives. If it feels like we’re on the precipice of a huge shift, it’s because we are: AI is here to stay.
AI will fundamentally change the way we work — putting some jobs at risk, but undoubtedly creating many more(opens new window). In fact, our forthcoming research shows that nearly two-thirds of business leaders believe AI will create new jobs that require human skills and creativity. Ultimately, it’ll be important for all of us to learn and understand how to use AI effectively in the workplace.
We consider the ability to use AI a core skill for workers over the next decade, just as literacy and numeracy are core skills in today’s modern workplace.
That’s why we’re excited to announce that our apprentices will have access to world-class AI training through our first, full AI module: AI Jumpstart.
The AI Jumpstart training module will launch in September, and will be offered to every apprentice on a Multiverse programme – regardless of which course of study they are pursuing.
The module will equip learners with foundational knowledge of AI that will enable them to identify opportunities to leverage AI while staying aware of potential risks, utilise AI tools, and generate real business value for their employer.
It will cover the fundamental principles of how AI works, how to critically evaluate AI outputs for ethical considerations and accuracy, and perhaps most importantly, teach apprentices how to apply AI in their day-to-day work, for example through the use of effective prompts.
To deepen and stretch the skills and knowledge gained from this module, apprentices will also have access to AI Unlocked; a series of supporting content and events available exclusively through the Multiverse Community.
For many years, our apprentices on advanced programmes have been trained in machine learning and advanced data mining, but the new AI Jumpstart module will enable all Multiverse apprentices to go deeper into AI – regardless of what programme they are in. Whether it’s business, data science, or software engineering – we’re creating opportunities for Multiverse apprentices to learn how to harness AI and use it effectively in their roles, because we believe every worker will need these skills in the future world of work.
As we look ahead to the next decade, there will undoubtedly be an increased demand for AI power users. We recently polled over 1,000 business leaders, and 69% agreed that AI will create more demand for professionals specialising in it. And yet, when we polled apprentices earlier this year, about half were not using ChatGPT in their daily work – either because they don’t know how to use it, or did not have access to it via their employer. It’s a massive missed opportunity which, unless corrected, could leave them behind their peers, and companies behind their competitors.
Our AI Jumpstart module will build apprentices’ skills so that they can adequately use the AI tools of today and the future. And we’ll teach these skills on-the-job, in real-world settings, as they take on real projects — because active, in-context learning is the best way to set employees up for success.
The impact of AI on the workplace will be radical, but by learning how to use AI effectively in our roles, we will build a more skilled, and more strategic workforce.