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Ministry to subsidize AI training

  • By Kayleigh Madjar / Editor, with CNA

Unions can apply for grants to train workers in artificial intelligence (AI), the Labor Department announced on Tuesday, as part of efforts to prepare the workforce for market disruptions changing work.

Almost every industry would be affected by AI in one way or another, influencing the nature of work, the economy and society as a whole, Labor Relations Department director Wang Hou-wei said. (王厚偉) in a regular report.

Employment structures would change, as would the relationship between workers and employers, he added.

For example, around 60% of foreign bank employees have an information technology background, he said, adding that apart from financial expertise, knowledge of technology clearly offers career opportunities. wider.

However, as AI develops, it could fulfill tasks that are today performed by workers, Wang added.

While some believe AI would create new types of jobs, they would likely be complex and have a high barrier to entry, making it difficult for some people to switch careers, Wang said.

To better prepare for the future, Wang advised workers to learn more about AI development and hone their skills in trending fields.

The ministry has allocated funds in its budget for this year to help with this effort, Wang said.

Unions that have been operating for at least a year can apply until August 12 to the ministry for grants to set up AI training courses, he said.

The courses are meant to teach people about the potential effects of AI on their labor rights and other aspects of their jobs, he added.

Topics would include the development of the “fourth industrial revolution”, driven by new technologies such as AI and the Internet of Things, the effect of AI on labor law and labor management relations, and workplace safety changes, Wang said.

Classes would be offered over one or two days, he said, adding that the ministry would provide a list of qualified instructors.

Subsidies for one-day courses would be NT$700-56,000 per participant, and NT$2,500-200,000 for two-day courses, depending on the ministry’s budget.

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