Bridging the Skill Gap: Scale AI’s Impact on Digital Intelligence Training for Canada’s Workforce

by Charlotte BA
Montreal, Quebec - April 19, 2024

In the fast-paced realm of artificial intelligence (AI), the need for a skilled and adaptable workforce is more critical than ever. Recognizing this imperative, Scale AI has embarked on a mission to empower the workforce across Canada through targeted training initiatives in digital intelligence. Through its workforce program, Scale AI enables organizations to collaborate with service providers in order to develop a course plan targeted to their business objectives.


Digital Intelligence Training: Canadian Companies Lagging Behind

To attract and retain talent, Canadian companies need to invest in building diverse internal AI teams. Upskilling existing employees is crucial for AI diffusion, but Canada lags behind in investing in this area compared to its OECD peers (Source: AI at Scale by Scale AI).

Canadian companies are behind their peers in investing in upskilling existing talent. Though Canada is faring well on the “digital skills index” (i.e., the ability to use digital tools in daily activities), Canadian firms are lagging behind OECD peers in terms of continuous skill development, as less than 20% of Canadian organizations have invested in upskilling in the last 12 months (2018 OECD data).

Scale AI’s Response: Funding for Workforce Training

Scale AI recently launched a new version of its workforce training program, meant to empower individuals and Canadian organizations to acquire the essential skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the AI-driven economy. 

A Program Built to Address Critical Ecosystem Needs

Scale AI’s workforce training program is strategically designed to address the most pressing needs within the Canadian AI ecosystem. By collaborating closely with industry experts, AI providers, academic institutions, and governments, Scale AI provides support to custom training initiatives that answer the skill shortages to fill these gaps effectively. Whether it is to develop expertise in machine learning, data analytics, or AI ethics, all training initiatives funded by Scale AI align with the evolving demands of the industry, ensuring that participants are equipped with the skills needed to drive innovation and competitiveness.

Offering Refunds for Custom Training Expenses

To incentivize workforce training in digital intelligence, Scale AI offers a refund of up to 50% of eligible expenses related to custom training initiatives. This financial support not only encourages organizations to invest in workforce development but also eases the financial burden associated with training expenses. By providing financial assistance, Scale AI empowers organizations of all sizes to prioritize workforce training and invest in the future talent pipeline, thereby fostering a skilled and adaptable workforce.

Creating Value for an AI-Powered Economy

Ultimately, Scale AI’s investment in workforce training in digital intelligence creates tangible value toward the end goal of building an AI-powered economy for Canada. By fostering a skilled and adaptable workforce, Scale AI not only strengthens the competitiveness of Canadian businesses but also drives innovation, productivity, and economic growth. Moreover, by equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in the AI-driven economy, Scale AI is laying the foundation for a prosperous and inclusive future where all Canadians can benefit from the opportunities afforded by AI technology.

Scale AI’s commitment to workforce training in digital intelligence is paving the way for a brighter future for Canada’s AI ecosystem. 

To learn more about Scale AI’s training initiatives and how you can get involved, visit scaleai.ca/training.
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