Universities from across the North West and Industry 4.0 training and consultancy provider IN4.0 Group are offering 30 Greater Manchester SMEs free training in data science and AI technology.
Through the initiative, IN4.0 Group will deliver a fully-funded training programme in AI, Internet of Things and data science to SME manufacturers. Lancaster University will also offer fully-funded R&D projects to help participants improve their products through advanced digital technologies.
Over three months, each cohort of 15 businesses will progress from identifying examples of technology adoption to a fully working proof of concept. Additionally, IN4.0’s talent academy will provide trained junior engineers to support projects, which will also offer businesses the opportunity to see how these roles fit within their team.
The programme is linked to the £6 million Greater Manchester AI Foundry, which was launched in October 2020 between Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, the University of Salford and Lancaster University.
Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lancaster University and the wider GM AI Foundry team, allowing us to complement our industry expertise with leading academic research capability.
“Technology is not only an enabler to productivity, it is also an enabler to prosperity. By working with our companies in the region and through introducing local talent, we will ensure we do both.”
Sam Walsh, Project Engineer at GM AI Foundry, added:
“We are excited to be working with IN4.0 on this new project, which builds on our strong partnership with Greater Manchester universities and businesses and aims to support SMEs in the exploitation of commercial opportunities arising from artificial intelligence.”
The first course is due to start on 18 May. For more information and to register your interest, visit the IN.40 Group website.