Starting in January, Digital Accelerators, the recently announced PwC’s intermediate to advanced skill-building program, will enable 1000 participants to gain expertise in 3D printing, drones and blockchain. For two years, employees will be discovering digital projects of clients and attending weekly classes related to these 3 fields that contribute to the growth of the economy.
The auditing firm did not mention how much it’s spending on the overall program but did affirm that training employees with digital skills is part of the company’s biggest investment.
For Sarah McEneaney, digital talent leader at PwC and head of the Digital Accelerators program: “It just seems table stakes at this point that people should have more technology skills. It’s needed for us to remain competitive and to be responsive for what our clients are also going through.”
According to the head of the Digital Accelerators program, the firm’s clients want to control the cost of digital projects/activities. Once employees will be more efficient, PwC could cut down billable hours on projects and the savings will be transferred to PwC’s customers.
Every participant is expected to spend 10 hours per week in classes. Data and analytics, which will include information collection and blockchain, will constitute the first part of the program’s curriculum.
The second area focuses on automation: 3D printing, cybersecurity, drones and AR will be addressed in this part.
Lastly, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Classes will be carried out both onsite as well as in virtual training, “so an employee in Boston could easily work with an employee in San Francisco if they want to”, said McEneaney.
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