Accenture is making significant strides in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) by committing to train more than 250,000 individuals in AI-related skills. This initiative comes as part of the company’s broader investment plan of $3 billion over a span of three years, aimed at bolstering its data and AI practice to serve clients across various industries.
The key objective behind this investment is to double the workforce within the data and AI practice, increasing the number of AI professionals to 80,000. This growth will be achieved through a combination of strategies, including hiring new talent, strategic acquisitions, and comprehensive training programs.
During an earnings call, Accenture’s CEO, Julie Sweet, emphasized the company’s dedication to AI education. She revealed that approximately 600,000 of the firm’s employees have already received training in the fundamental principles of AI. Furthermore, Accenture is taking a step forward by equipping an additional 250,000 individuals with AI skills, with a commitment to using AI tools equitably, sustainably, and without any form of bias.
In addition to broad-based AI training, Accenture is also focusing on specialized AI skills through its AI academy. This endeavor aligns with the company’s ambitious goal of expanding its deeply skilled data and AI workforce from 40,000 to an impressive 80,000 professionals.
Notably, Accenture is beginning to witness the early stages of monetization for its initiatives in general AI (genAI). This suggests that the company’s investments in AI training and specialization are not only preparing its workforce for the future but also generating tangible business value through AI-related projects.