Is digital technology an equal opportunities factor? Microsoft is convinced. Since 2010, the multinational has supported the pilot project of Web @ cadémie making web trades accessible to profiles without diploma.
In 2018, the group goes further by opening its own campus, the Ecole IA Microsoft
, to train – data processing, development, interfacing … – school dropouts, people away from employment and candidates for professional retraining. "You do not just need Bac + 12 to take the turn of artificial intelligence, there is also need for AI craftsmen", observes Carlo Purassanta, president of Microsoft France, adding that "The need for profiles with these new skills is such that you have to start training massively".
Inaugurated last March, in the presence of Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State in charge of digital, the first IA Microsoft School located in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the Hauts-de-Seine, has just completed the training of its first promotion. After seven months of intensive training and with their new cap of "data developers IA", these profiles aged 19 to 39 years have all found a career in professionalization contract, for twelve months, mainly in digital services companies. "The goal is for all of them to be hired on permanent contracts at the end of this learning period", hopes Carlo Purassanta, recalling that "All sectors of activity will be impacted, in the short term, by artificial intelligence, both industry and trade, services or agriculture".
The IA Microsoft School is the result of a partnership between the digital giant and Simplon, an organization specializing in training in digital professions, which focuses primarily on the potential of candidates, more than their academic or professional . "Many learners have been previously rejected by other digital training programs for lack of sufficient baggage. With Microsoft, we share the conviction that self-taught people have their place in the job market, and that we must promote motivation and the desire to learn. "says Lina Fahsi, Training Project Manager at Simplon.
Two new promotions of IA Microsoft School will open in November, the goal being to count in their ranks 30% of women. In 2019, two hundred learners will be divided into ten schools, eight of which are dedicated to partner companies, such as Orange, Capgemini and Accenture. "There is a base of reference common to all classes, but we have planned a more precise grammage depending on the partners to adapt the training to their needs and their specificities"says Lina Fahsi.
The training being free, the candidates were sourced via Pôle emploi, responsible for detecting potential with a minimum of knowledge in programming language, and especially with behavioral and relational skills. "This is how we were able to bring together dropouts, a librarian, a translator, a receptionist, all driven by a great motivation. In France, training is too often selective. There, Microsoft asked us to detect potential, not skills already acquired "says Misoo Yoon, deputy general manager in charge of Pôle emploi's service offer.
Thirty-seven-year-old Nada Avril is part of a promotion that has just started her training. This former graphic designer thought until then that he was "Impossible to evolve in the digital without scientific background". Soon, his interest in the data may arise on a job. "The Microsoft AI School proves that artificial intelligence is not just a technician's job"she concludes.