Dr. Piti Srisangnam, the executive director of the ASEAN Foundation said that the programme is a testament to their commitment to empowering the youth, enhancing their skill sets, and positioning them as catalysts for progress in the region.
“By fostering innovation and providing practical Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills, we aim to contribute significantly to the economic and technological growth of ASEAN," Srisangnam said.
Training the trainers
Through the Microsoft AI Trainer Toolkit, more than 6000 Technology Vocational Education and Training (TVET) educators in ASEAN will undergo training to effectively teach AI concepts and introduce Microsoft and LinkedIn Career Essentials in Generative AI to students.
The programme aims to revolutionise the TVET system by integrating AI skills to align with evolving industry requirements.
AI Fluency training
The program aims to train 400,000 individuals in Indonesia and Malaysia in AI fluency and get better employment and education opportunities.
"We are thrilled to work with the ASEAN Foundation, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, and Biji-biji to ensure everyone has the skills to thrive in this exciting era of AI. Together, we are closing the skills gap, providing opportunities for success, enabling inclusive economic growth, and empowering the entrepreneurs of tomorrow—today," said Andrea Della Mattea, the president of Microsoft in ASEAN.