Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the availability of its initiative, AI Ready, in Kenya, with eight new generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) courses. The initiative is designed to equip about two million people by 2025, with free and essential AI skills to thrive in the digital economy.

The AI Ready initiative offers a comprehensive curriculum covering various aspects of AI. These include machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and more. The eight new generative AI and AI/ML courses offer advanced courses for tech-savvy learners as well as foundational courses for executives in non-technical roles. Participants will have access to a wide range of resources, including online courses, hands-on labs, and webinars, all provided free of charge by AWS.

With the rapid advancement of technology, AI has emerged as a critical driver of innovation across various industries, presenting both opportunities and challenges for individuals seeking to stay competitive in the job market. AWS is continuing to invest in digital skills training by providing AWS re/Start, a free cloud skills training program designed to support people who are unemployed or underemployed, and who have little technology experience, for careers in cloud computing.

In collaboration with Ajira, E-Mobilis and GetINNOtized, the AWS AI Ready program has enrolled more than 700 Kenyan youths across the country since 2021. To make the program even more inclusive, this year the first class of displaced learners in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps graduated from the program, created by AWS in cooperation with the Danish Refugee Council.

As part of the AI Ready’commitment, AWS is democratizing access to generative AI by taking its availability beyond research and making it available to people and businesses of all sizes across Africa.