Embracing the AI revolution and the job opportunities it brings

Neil Burrows 2024 3

Recently we were delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Amanda Parker, for her first visit to Burnley College.

It struck me, as we introduced her to our latest technologies, like our cobots, 5-axis machines and 3D printers, just how fast-moving we are as a college.

If, like me, you sometimes find yourself in a whirlwind of technological evolution, you’re not alone! From navigating automatic checkouts and self check-in for flights to scanning into buildings, advancing technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our lives.

As AI and machine learning take centre stage, they are reshaping industry. The rapid adoption of these technologies are not just buzzwords; they’re transformative forces revolutionising key business processes across the globe.

But let’s talk about what this means for you and me - the workforces on the ground. With every leap AI and machine learning make, a door opens, revealing new employment opportunities and demanding a fresh set of skills. Yes, the landscape is changing, but isn’t change the only constant?

Jobs requiring AI skills have seen a huge increase annually (some reports say 75 per cent). This isn’t just growth; it’s a revolution in employment dynamics.

Now, more than ever, for education providers like Burnley College, keeping up with innovation isn’t good enough; we must lead the way and be at the forefront of this educational evolution. With courses in AI, machine learning, data analysis and management, we are not just responding to the current demand but preparing our students and learners for the future.

Why are these skills in high demand? It’s simple. Industries across the spectrum – from healthcare to finance, from engineering to entertainment - are investing in AI and machine learning technologies. They recognise that to stay competitive and innovative, embracing these technologies is not an option; it’s a necessity.

The message is clear: the future belongs to those prepared to ride the wave of technological advancements. By arming ourselves with the right skills and knowledge, we can secure our place in the future of work and also shape it.

It’s a brave new world, and I’m learning to embrace it. How do you feel about the technological revolution? Drop me a line and let me know.

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