CVC joins the EIT’s Deep Tech Talent Initiative

CVC joins the EIT's Deep Tech Talent Initiative to develop more training and courses to fast-track the careers of deep tech learners

The Computer Vision Center, together with Abodoo, Generation, Intel Corporation, JA Europe, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, are the first organisations to join the EIT's Deep Tech Talent Initiative – implemented by EIT Manufacturing – to offer courses and to contribute to the development of training that will fast-track the careers of deep tech learners. The first pledgers reflect the diversity of organisations targeted by the Deep Tech Talent Initiative: a combination of training providers, financial backers, enterprises, and non-profit and public sector partners who will work together to equip learners with tech skills and the savvy to turn that knowledge into solutions to the most important global challenges. 

Programmes will be available to a wide range of learners from those in secondary school to those in higher education to those seeking further professional development. The EIT and its partners will also work to level the playing field for groups that are disadvantaged and underrepresented in the worlds of tech and business, particularly women.

The first pledgers already reached a major milestone and aim to train over 500.000 learners by 2025. JA Europe, Europe's largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy will train 390.000 learners by 2025 under the Deep Tech Talent Initiative. Generation will help break down barriers to people from underrepresented backgrounds and provide their experience on increasing learners’ socioeconomic mobility. Intel Corporation will contribute tried-and-true training programmes, including its Digital Readiness Programs which prepare learners for the onset of AI technology. Learning providers such as the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca – the Initiative’s very first pledger – will also bring their expertise in AI to the initiative, especially in biomedical engineering and energy. The Computer Vision Center will likewise contribute training on AI as well as entrepreneurial skills.

The EIT's Deep Tech Talent Initiative was presented by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, who stated: "As a flagship of our New European Innovation Agenda, the EIT’s Deep Tech Talent Initiative will help put Europe at the forefront of developing the technology needed for essential elements of the green and digital transitions. The progress made in only a few months proves that the EIT is the perfect vehicle for developing the best talent development programmes, in large part because of its ability to mobilise its unmatched network of partners across Europe and beyond". 

The role of CVC at the Deep Tech Talent Initiative

CVC is a public research centre in Computer Vision, with the mission of carrying out cutting-edge research, providing capacity building and boosting knowledge transfer to society. 

"Computer Vision, the AI on images and videos, is having an increasingly higher impact in our lives, with solutions for challenges on medical imaging diagnosis, autonomous driving, industrial processes, media and culture, and more. Following Commissioner Gabriel’s encouragement, we have the full commitment to shaping EU’s leadership in the decades to come by training professionals with the highest quality standards, in the horizon of a socially acceptable AI for all", claims Dr Fernando Vilariño, CVC associated director. 

CVC will contribute to the Deep Tech Talent Initiative by providing training actions on AI and entrepreneurial skills, training about 730 learners while fostering a generation of new highly qualified job profiles in AI.

About the Deep Tech Talent Initiative

The Deep Tech Talent Initiative by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) will train one million Europeans in deep tech skills and entrepreneurship by 2025. To do so, the EIT will rally its network and new partners to develop training and courses in cutting-edge fields that will be at the forefront of future industries. The long-term goal is to increase the amount of European innovation being created to fight climate change, create new agrifood systems, build more liveable cities, and more.

The EIT invites organisations involved or interested in deep tech to join it in shaping and running deep tech education programmes by taking The Pledge. The Pledge is open to:

  • Education and training institutions that offer educational and training courses and can be directly responsible for skilling and re-skilling talents.  
  • Enterprises that are using or developing deep tech and can offer in-company training, mentoring, open innovation competitions, and other means of support.  
  • Financing partners like venture capital firms or angel investors that finance deep tech innovation, including financing deep tech education and training.  
  • Stakeholders/Multipliers like EU Member States and other public and non-profit organisations

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