AI is rapidly changing how people think and work — which means organizations need top talent in AI-focused roles to compete. But AI is a burgeoning technology — not only are organizations’ existing workforces not equipped with necessary AI skills, but these skills are typically not available via traditional education systems.

Recently, General Assembly and Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) presented a webinar titled, “Reimagining Talent Pipelines: Igniting Innovation through Upskilling, Reskilling, and Hire-Train-Deploy,” exploring ways to upskill for AI and hire more diverse, job-ready talent using innovative talent pipeline strategies. Read on for key AI skills gap insights from this expert panel:

Inside the state of AI skills gaps

Today, fewer than one skilled employee is available per open role.

The biggest culprit? The rise of AI tools is impacting talents’ skills availability and fluency. Think about it. Why, for example, would a programmer bother learning to code a particular sorting algorithm when a well-written ChatGPT query can accurately produce that code in a fraction of the time?

“Well-written” is the key word here — mastering AI to maximize productivity is a skill in and of itself. But 70% of leaders say it’s more challenging to find new AI-skilled talent than talent for previous hard-to-fill roles.

Upskilling for AI

Your organizations’ health and competitiveness will depend on its ability to address this AI labor shortage. That’s where AI upskilling comes in:

Benefits and outcomes

Reliable, AI talent pipelines tailored to your organization’s needs and goals can:

Need proof? Look to General Assembly’s AI talent pipeline outcomes:

How to build better AI talent pipelines

The panel recommended three questions businesses should answer at an early stage to shape your organization’s talent pipeline approach:

1. What’s your pipeline’s goal?

Your talent pipeline’s goal(s) should frame your approach. Common goals include:

2. Does your pipeline align with clear outcomes?

General Assembly recommends incorporating a learning solution that:

3. Does your pipeline incorporate a learning partner with an excellent track record?

The right learning partner should be known for:

Once you’ve answered these questions, start building your pipeline. Be sure to:

Don’t wait — AI is here to stay

Ready your organization for the AI talent pipeline revolution today with even more need-to-know AI upskilling insights from General Assembly and SIA’s joint webinar. Download the webinar presentation slides here. And explore our portfolio of AI training solutions here