Heineken chose to shift its Analytics Translator Training Program to an online version with the Virtual Training method of GAIn®. This training method – consisting of a virtual classroom with break out rooms and individual assignments – made it possible for Heineken to continue with their learning plan despite COVID-19. The first group of Heineken professionals completed the opening two days of the virtual program, earning their GAIn® AI Foundation certification. This new training method exceeded expectations and is already regarded as a valuable option for after the COVID-19 period. For now, the training will be scaled up to allow Heineken to stay connected and inspired worldwide.
“This is a perfect alternative given the current situation. In the future I also see us using this for groups with participants based in multiple locations”
Sandra Oudshoff, Senior Analytics Consultant, Heineken
The AI Foundation – for responsible AI growth
The first two days of the Heineken Translator Program began with the AI Foundation. The GAIn® AI Foundation Program is designed to provide companies with a complete perspective, by going through all the relevant aspects of AI business transformation; from opportunity identification to solution implementation; from algorithm development to AI engineering; from driving impact to adapting the organization; the course helps teams to steer their business responsibly.
Throughout the course, expert trainers guide and challenge participants to identify and capture AI opportunities while managing the risks involved. They work on AI cases with real data and machine learning algorithms to experience what developing and operating AI models entails. This way, participants learn to better understand the process and what questions to ask to challenge the outcome and quality. For example, the challenge “How do you decide if your model is good?” is discussed during the afternoon of day one in the section on AI Algorithms.
Although the fast development around AI can imply that there are no definitive answers to some questions, the AI Foundation course provides a base of knowledge for all participants to kick-start creating value with AI technology.
“I really feel like actually starting a use case.
Let’s walk the talk!”
Bob Dunselman, Senior Transfer Pricing Specialist at HEINEKEN
Three advantages of the Virtual Training Method of GAIn® during COVID-19 and beyond
In more and more countries teams are working from home. For most employees, this is a new situation and people need to adapt to this new way of working. At the same time employers struggle to keep their teams working effectively since priorities are changing rapidly (projects are discontinued or on hold). This raises questions on how to best make use of the current situation to strengthen both effectiveness and productivity in the short term and the long term.
The GAIn® Virtual Training method offers a virtual classroom and individual assignments, so you can keep up with your AI learning from any location and time zone in the world. This means all courses are made available online. All you need is a laptop with a WiFi connection to join a class with the following advantages.
Use the time to build skills
The current situation offers a perfect time to ‘sharpen the saw’ and work on upgrading skills that are becoming more and more important. For individuals, the GAIn portfolio offers the possibility to create a personal learning track and choose from a range of courses that are now available in the virtual training environment. Teams and projects can, in the same way, develop a group standard by jointly following a relevant badge. For example, an engineering project team that is working on implementing a model could together follow the badge “Automating Data Pipelines” and directly apply this knowledge to their current project, setting a standard in the broader team. Or a team of business experts in the launch phase of an AI use case project could follow the training “Data Exploration & Insights Discovery” to kickstart their analyses phase and implement the same way of working across the team.
Additionally, the GAIn® Virtual Training method provides a way to learn the best practices for remote working to become more productive. Virtual learning showcases how to work and collaborate online effectively, outlining the dos and don’ts for video communication as the standard. Participants can apply these learnings directly to their daily team interactions.
Learn faster and more efficiently
The GAIn® Virtual Training method is setup in such a way that it optimizes the learning track of participants. Each training usually starts with individual assignments that are focused on the content that is more effectively digested independently (such as theory or working on a practical exercise). Participants can do this self-study part in their own time and pace and ask questions or get feedback from an expert through the online Learning Management System. The training then continues through the virtual classroom, allowing participants to now embark on the curriculum that is best completed as a group – with a variety of group assignments, discussions, and interactive lessons. The classroom is facilitated by an experienced trainer and technical host that tailor the material and discussions to the group’s needs. After the virtual class, participants have access to all the training material (theory, exercises, recordings of the sessions) to prepare them for the exam. Students can go back through the material whenever they want and practice in a way that suits them best (case first, then theory, or vice versa). Testing and exams are available on demand so that the participants can take the test when he or she is ready for it.
Stay connected and inspired
In order to create breakthroughs in teams and build excitement and commitment, group interaction and collaboration are very important. The GAIn® virtual way of working balances the benefit of working alone with creating the right group interaction.
“People are more productive when they’re alone … they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”
Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer
Creating group interaction is not only effective but it also generates energy and an enjoyable experience. The virtual classroom uses many light touches and fun didactic elements to ensure engagement. This way the time spent together in break-out rooms reduces the social distance.
Want to try out our Virtual Training Method?
The GAIn® Virtual Training method offers the possibility to continue and promote active learning and collaboration, whether this is on-site or remotely from home. Everyone can join from any location or time zone by only using a laptop with WiFi (no technical limitations on where or what employees can learn). If you or your organization want to develop your AI skills but cannot attend a physical training, our Virtual Training Method is the perfect solution to ensure continued growth.
GAIn® wants to make it easy for companies to get an introduction to virtual training and understand how it works in practice. Therefore, we now offer a free demo session of the Virtual Training Method, so your company can try it out, get a feel for it and ask questions. If you are interested, visit the GAIn® Virtual Training Method site to register your interest and we will set it up.
“The virtual classroom setup is exemplary of our partnership with Heineken on AI education: Heineken has a need, let’s work together to find the best solution, build it quickly and professionally, and learn from the execution. I’m proud to be working with them in this way”
Geertje Zeegers, Partner at MIcompany
GAIn® is a certified training modules (badges) portfolio to develop AI skills. GAIn® is an open standard. This means that all companies and individuals that are certified by GAIn® can use the GAIn® material to train organizations themselves. For multinationals, this offers the possibility to have inhouse certified trainers who can quickly scale up capability building across global units. eBay and Heineken, for example, are currently using this train-the-trainer concept to obtain worldwide impact.
MIcompany is an AI and data company with offices in Amsterdam (head office) and Tel Aviv. MIcompany has 80 employees, who all have an analytical background in mathematics, econometrics, or computer science, and were among the best in their studies. MIacademy is the training school of MIcompany. GAIn® is an initiative of MIcompany.
MIacademy has been training people capabilities since 2006. It provides training solutions for AI and Data skill-building for blue-chip companies including Booking.com, bol.com, Nike, eBay, Israel Discount Bank, Lease Plan, and Max. MIacademy uses GAIn® in their skill-building.