The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB), supports iTrain Asia’s initiative that provides free Microsoft-sponsored (Artificial Intelligence) AI training to women data scientists.

The trainings are offered free of charge for women who wish to pursue a career in the field of AI. The aim of the capacity-building initiative is to equip more women with fundamental knowledge in AI through various workshops across eight (8) countries.

“Your DICT encourages these private sector initiatives that aim to empower and upskill our women workforce not only to promote gender equality in the workplace but also to enhance developments in our country’s AI field,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

The initiative seeks to involve more women in the field, especially since data shows that the industry is dominated by men. According to recent research by the World Economic Forum and LinkedIn, only 22% of jobs in AI are held by women, with even fewer holding senior roles.

iTrain Asia is a digital technology certification body which aims to equip and empower organizations and sectors with industry-validated certification training and competency exams. Aside from AI, it offers certifications in mobile application development, big data, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, fintech and digital marketing.

For this initiative, iTrain Asia is partnering with Microsoft to encourage more women into AI by providing a complimentary 1-day Microsoft Azure AI hands-on workshop. The program is offered to women data scientists across the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

The trainings in the Philippines were conducted on 27 March 2021 and 15 April 2021, with the third session scheduled on 22 May 2021.

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