The long-term partnership will enable competency-based model and is a major milestone in the application of augmentation AI that supports critical sectors and advanced jobs training for the advanced energy, lighting, and communication technologies critical to our nation's infrastructure
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sorcero, a high-growth Washington DC-based, enterprise AI startup providing a smart enterprise platform that builds a deep language intelligence operating system for technical domains, including Electrical & Property, Insurance, and Life Sciences, is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the electrical training ALLIANCE (etA).
Significantly, etA's content is used by electrical professionals to maintain and install critical infrastructure that the nation's health, communications, logistics, and transportation systems depend on. During the COVID-19 crisis, etA plays an essential element of our economy functioning and this launch will be the next step in their content and training's digital delivery.
Electrical infrastructure is among the 16 industries labeled as "critical infrastructure sectors" by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The program also represents a major advancement in harnessing AI to create more well-paid job opportunities and faster pathways into the skilled trades. This will be one of the largest applications of language intelligence AI to an industry-wide training program - one that supports 70,000 electrical contracting firms and 350,000 electrical workers.
Sorcero's Founder & CEO, Dipanwita Das said, "etA is now leading the way in applying the next wave of enterprise AI, language intelligence and understanding, to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the electrical sector. Sorcero's platform augments human expertise but maintains the central role of human judgment in providing value to the industries of the future."
Together, this partnership will also support the digital transformation of electrical worker training from time-based to competency-based and a platform for long-term relationships with trainees to provide on-the-job performance-support long after class has been dismissed.
"In response to the changing electrical construction industry, which builds infrastructure and technology that the entire American economy relies on, we are moving from a time-based to a competency-based model. That approach requires a dynamic, intelligent, and personalized content delivery system, and we believe Sorcero is the right partner to support us in this transformation", said Greg Grenier, Managing Director at etA.
The electrical training ALLIANCE is the number one resource for content and curriculum for the $171 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communications technology to buildings and communities across the United States.
Innovations in distributed and renewable energy, LED and smart lighting, and advanced communications technology like 5G require, more than ever, highly trained electrical craftspeople with on-demand access to sophisticated performance support content that etA and Sorcero are enabling through their partnership.
The digital transformation that etA is pioneering through their investments in next-generation content delivery and AI-augmented online tools is a commitment to maintaining cutting-edge and best-in-class systems for content and learning delivery. It will transform the information that etA has assembled, representing the deepest knowledge base on electrical know-how in the industry, via Sorcero's domain understanding platform, into new capabilities to deliver on their mission. This partnership shows a pathway forward and a leading model for other national and local industry, union, and government workforce programs to harness their assets to build new solutions.
The electrical training ALLIANCE (previously called NJATC) was created over 70 years ago as a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the electrical training ALLIANCE has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.
Sorcero provides a smart enterprise platform that builds a deep language intelligence operating system for technical domains, including Electrical & Property, Insurance, and Life Sciences. Their platform, built by the former leader of the MIT Media Lab, harnesses AI and Natural Language Understanding to deliver new capabilities to augment human performance. An award-winning startup, Sorcero is an alumnus of leading global technology accelerator programs, including Plug and Play InsurTech, Health, and MassChallenge FinTech. Sorcero is a portfolio company of Plug and Play Ventures, Alumni Venture Groups' MIT Alumni fund, and Hatzimemos / Libby. The company was named a Top 10 company in InsurTech for 2020.