Government scheme will see thousands more people train in technologies like AI

Thousands of individuals will receive training and qualifications in cutting-edge technologies like AI as part of new government initiativesThousands of individuals across the UK will receive training and qualifications in cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) as part of new government initiatives. Additionally, other transformative fields such as medicine, 6G, and quantum computing are also part of this initiative. The driving force behind the move is a substantial investment of over £1.1 billion aimed at enhancing the country’s skill base.

Addressing the Maths Summit at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday, March 12, the Science and Technology Secretary unveiled plans which the government claims will revolutionise the UK’s workforce by ensuring it becomes home to the most highly skilled and well-trained professionals in future technologies.

As part of these plans, the Science and Technology Secretary announced what is claimed to be the largest-ever investment in engineering and physical science doctoral skills. With contributions from government, businesses, charities, and academia, this initiative will train over 4,000 students across the UK. These opportunities will be spread from Edinburgh to Bristol, with 65 Centres for Doctoral Training.

The majority of these opportunities will extend beyond the south-east of England. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Sheffield, and Manchester will host more than 350, 300, 250, and 150 students, respectively.

The investment encompasses diverse areas. For instance:

  • King’s College London will establish a centre to train researchers in advanced engineering techniques, including micro-surgical robots. These innovations aim to revolutionize personalized surgery, allowing procedures “without the knife.”
  • At the University of Bristol, experts will leverage developments in digital chemistry, including artificial intelligence, to create new drugs—such as antibiotics and cancer treatments.
  • Other critical technologies, including engineering biology, semiconductors, quantum technologies, and future telecoms, will contribute to the UK’s strategic advantage and economic growth.

The government claims that this positions the UK at the forefront of technological progress, fostering innovation and excellence across various domains. Together these are the latest measures in the government’s mission to help businesses realise the enormous benefits of AI, which the government believes could increase UK GDP by up to 10.3 percent by 2030.