First Artificial Intelligence school in France

In collaboration with companies, schools, the Employment division and the French state, Microsoft opens its school AI in France. Offering intensive training and an internship in a company, it is supposed to give new professional opportunities to learners in a sector of the future.

Microsoft opens the doors of the first AI school in France, in partnership with Pole Employment and several companies, as well as the support of the French state. A first, which should open up new opportunities for the company, the country, and future graduates.

The AI, a professional sector of the future

For the first time in France, Microsoft is opening an intensive training school on AI (artificial Intelligence). Intended primarily for persons seeking vocational or remote conversion from the educational and employment sectors, the first promotion lists 24 learners aged 19 to 39 years. Microsoft intends to give these people new job opportunities in a carrier sector, the need for skills in the field is important, and to be even more so in the future. The training includes an intensive 7-month apprenticeship, followed by a 12-month professional contract with a partner company of the American giant. The learning will be structured around five subjects:

  • Preparation and processing of data
  • Cognitive APIs
  • Development
  • Interfacing and production
  • Soft Skills

The persons who will integrate the first promotion of the school have been selected on their technical skills (proficiency of certain programming languages), their knowledge in mathematics (differential calculus, probabilities and statistics) and their motivation. Simplon, Job division and the great Digital school have been involved in the selection of learners, through an interview to determine their ability to adapt, collaborate, and project themselves into employment. At the end of the training, three trades professional certifications (Data and IA) registered with the National Commission for the qualification level II (BAC + 3 equivalent) will be issued to them, as well as Microsoft Machine Learning certification.

A bet for the company, but also for the French vocational training

Committed to equal opportunities and convinced that digital offers new job opportunities, Microsoft affirms its willingness to contribute to digital training in France. A new project, and a bet for the company, which intends to accompany the transformation of the professional sectors – mainly infused by the advent of artificial intelligence – but also to ensure recognition in the field of Artificial intelligence. An initiative likely to be successful for both the company and the future graduates, since according to analysts ‘ estimates, 85% of the jobs that will be exercised in 2030 do not yet exist today.

For Carlo Purassanta, president of Microsoft France: “France has all the strengths to be a AI Nation “, especially thanks to the quality of its researchers and engineers. If we are now to accelerate the development of concrete projects in companies, we must train AI artisans. I am very proud to be able to allow each of the 24 learners at the Ecole AI Microsoft to receive operational training to guarantee them a return to employment in a sector full of the future. At the same time, our partners will be able to rely on these AI technicians to develop exciting new projects. This first promotion is a pioneering pilot project, paving the way for inclusion.

Mounir Macedo, Minister of Digital and Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, welcomed the Microsoft Initiative: Microsoft School AI shows that a digital is an incredible tool for inclusion and growth. France has all the strengths to become a digital champion, provided that all our citizens can benefit from the skills needed to develop these new issues.

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