Sage launches BotCamp to train the next generation of AI professionals

Six month programme will offer over 100 16 to 25 year-olds the chance to learn accessible AI and robot technology skills

Accounting software provider Sage has announced the launch of a programme designed to bridge the artificial intelligence (AI) and robot skills gap and help put the UK at the leading edge of the emerging technology.

Over 100 participants aged 16 to 25 will be invited to take part in BotCamp, learning accessible technology skills that will “help people to embrace, not fear, the fourth industrial revolution”.

Taking place as part of the Sage Foundation over the next six months, BotCamp will aim to ensure the industry has a strong talent pool of AI and robot builders for the future.

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage at Sage, added: “As millennials are great adopters of bots, we are giving them the opportunity to code for their future peers, business builders, and industry leaders.

“Delivering this through the Sage Foundation will help us meet our commitment to benefit young people around the world, and to do good in the communities we serve.”

Kriti Sharma, vice president of bots and AI at Sage, said: “Having piloted this programme with several school leavers, I believe it has the potential to completely change the mindsets of the young people who take part.

“We’re giving them the opportunity to believe that you don’t need a computer science degree to write code and create chatbots that will have a significant impact on the communities in which we live and work.”

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