In an effort to provide accessible education in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), IBM has partnered with Dublin City University (DCU) and Fast Track into Information Technology (FIT) to offer free AI training courses to adult learners. This collaboration is part of IBM’s global initiative to train two million learners in AI by the end of 2026, with a specific focus on underrepresented communities.
The AI courses, which are available free of charge, will grant participants IBM-branded digital credentials upon completion. This collaboration aligns with Ireland’s National AI Strategy, which emphasizes the importance of equipping workers with the necessary skills to thrive in the AI job market.
To support this initiative, universities will gain access to IBM-led training tools, such as lectures and immersive skilling experiences. Dublin City University is particularly thrilled to be the first university in Ireland incorporating IBM SkillsBuild generative AI learning and teaching resources into their business analytics modules for the current academic year. This integration will also extend to postgraduate business analytics programs.
FIT’s Chief Executive, Peter Davitt, expressed excitement about the potential of IBM AI course content to complement their existing Tech Apprenticeships and other provisions. He noted the challenges posed by generative AI solutions and the promising growth they entail. Ultimately, this collaboration aims to bridge the gap between education and industry needs in Ireland’s evolving AI landscape.
With the launch of these free AI training courses, IBM is making significant strides in democratizing AI education and empowering adult learners with the skills necessary to succeed in the digital era.