Combating the Skill Gaps Created by the Emergence of AI


The human identity is well-documented for being expansive beyond all known limits, and yet it still hasn’t displayed anything more significant than that desire of ours to improve at a consistent pace. We say this because the stated desire has already fetched the world some huge milestones, with technology appearing as a rather unique member of the group. The reason why technology’s credentials are so anomalous is purposed around its skill-set, which was unprecedented enough to realize all the possibilities for us that we couldn’t have imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, a closer look should be able to reveal how the whole runner was also very much inspired by the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence and made it the ultimate centerpiece of every horizon. Now, having such a powerful tool run the show did expand our experience in many different directions, but even after reaching so far ahead, technology will somehow keep on delivering the right goods. The same has grown to become a lot more evident in recent times, and assuming one new HRM-themed development pans out just like we envision, it will only propel that trend towards greater heights over the near future and beyond.

Guild, the leader in opportunity creation for America’s workforce, has officially launched a first-of-its-kind bundle of artificial intelligence skilling programs that are to support those 112 million frontline workers, who are most likely to get affected by AI emergence. According to certain reports, the effort will see Guild offering well over 40 skilling programs, programs which it will notably relay through country’s leading institutions like eCornell, Louisiana State University, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Maryland Global Campus, and Wilmington University. Once enrolled, the candidate can learn; for starters, all what they need to in terms of AI fundamentals. Here, the core idea is to provide learners the ropes of approachable programming in a way that covers several crucial aspects, such as literacy, ethics, and the implications of AI for the general work and workforce. Next up, the programs will dig into how one can leverage the power of artificial intelligence in a more practical setting. This particular segment will include an extensive lowdown on various AI tools, and the methods through which those tools can be effectively implemented in a workplace. Interestingly enough, Guild’s latest brainchild also has something on the offer for organizational leaders. Using specialized executive programming for the job, the educational initiative will empower these leaders with an access to best practices, as far as designing and enabling an AI-driven strategy across a company is concerned. Now, while Guild is certainly focused on helping you better understand the current AI landscape, it also has the means to prepare you for building your own AI tools and algorithms. Such an angle, like you can guess, should go a long way when it comes to driving innovation throughout the AI space.

Among other details, we must acknowledge the fact that the stated programs don’t require any prior technical proficiency on the employee’s part. Furthermore, most courses also won’t mandate the learner to have a Bachelor’s degree. Instead, they’ll try to meet them where they are by enabling to see how this newly-acquired AI knowhow fits into their wider career goals.

“We are past the moment for theoretical musing on what the impacts of AI might be for workers across the United States,” said Bijal Shah, Chief Experience Officer and Head of Platform at Guild. “The AI revolution is here. We have a responsibility to help our nation’s workforce turn the risks of today into skills that could lead to an exciting new job tomorrow, perhaps even in a role that didn’t exist two years ago. The most successful companies will be those who harness today’s excitement around AI to invest in their people to build the hard-to-obtain skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed in an AI-powered future.”

The development follows-up on a report, which claimed that even though frontline workers are more pervasively witnessing an increase in the demand for AI proficiency, most AI skilling offerings to-date have been almost exclusively geared toward non-frontline populations. The problem becomes even more severe after you consider that, more often than not, people who identify as frontline employees tend to be younger, with less education, and more debt than US-based employees overall. Given the clear skill gap, the employee population is now putting AI at the top of their priority list. This is further validated by Guild’s latest data which showed that application volume into existing AI programs across Guild’s Learning Marketplace has grown by nearly 800% in the past 12 months.

Founded in 2015, Guild’s rise stems from its ability to help employers invest in their employees and unlock life-changing opportunities for both personal and professional growth through education and learning programs, career development initiatives, and one-on-one coaching. Offering a full-fledged marketplace of curated education and learning programs, the company has managed to win the trust of various industry giants, including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover, Hilton, Target, The Walt Disney Company, and Providence Health, UCHealth, and more.

“It is more important than ever that institutions of higher education are innovating in real time to ensure our students are leaving the classroom with the necessary skills to compete in the future of work,” said Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University. “SNHU is taking this responsibility seriously. We’ve recently hired George Siemens, a leading researcher in AI education, to ensure our curriculum stays in step with the latest in the field, and we look forward to working alongside Guild and some of the nation’s leading employers to help prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

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