Google has recently announced a €25 million investment plan to promote the development of artificial intelligence skills and training in Europe. This initiative, which aims to benefit underserved and vulnerable communities, is a significant step towards expanding access to technology across the continent. The funding will be available throughout the region, with an initial allocation of €10 million set aside specifically for improving workers’ AI skills.
The goal of this move is not only to close the technology gap but also to equip individuals with the necessary skills to succeed in the evolving digital economy. As part of Google’s new AI Opportunity Initiative for Europe, this funding will also increase support for startups and expand free online training sessions on basic AI into more languages. By breaking down linguistic and cultural barriers that often prevent equitable access to educational resources, Google aims to create a more inclusive digital landscape in Europe.
According to Matt Brittin, Google’s president for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), making AI accessible to all is crucial in ensuring that it brings widespread benefits. “Supporting people and countries to seize the opportunity presented by this technology is one of our primary objectives,” Brittin said in a blog post, highlighting how Europe can lead the way in using AI to create a strong and fair economy.