The Future of AI Chips and Vocational Training

The Future of AI Chips and Vocational Training

Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscape and its associated hardware is rapidly evolving, as highlighted in the 2024 discussion at GIC Insights, featuring Garry Tan, President and CEO of Y Combinator. This evolution has significant implications for vocational education and training, particularly in preparing a skilled workforce capable of navigating and contributing to these technological advancements.

The Growing Importance of AI Chips in Vocational Training

AI Chip Development to 2034: As per the reports "AI Chips: 2023-2033" and "AI Chips for Edge Applications 2024-2034," the next decade will see significant growth in AI chip technology. These advancements will play a crucial role in shaping vocational training programs' curriculum and skill requirements.

Training for Emerging Hardware: Developing specialised AI chips, such as those designed for machine learning workloads and edge applications, calls for an updated curriculum in vocational training programs. This will ensure students have the necessary skills to work with cutting-edge AI technologies.

Industry-Specific Applications: With the expected growth in AI chip usage across various sectors like IT, Telecoms, BFSI, and Consumer Electronics, vocational training must adapt to meet the diverse needs of these industries. Programs focusing on AI applications in these areas will be crucial.

Focus on Edge AI Applications: The increasing role of AI chips in edge computing applications necessitates a shift in vocational training towards these emerging technologies. This involves understanding how AI can be harnessed closer to the end-user in consumer electronics, industrial automation, and automotive.

Challenges and Opportunities in Vocational Education

Cost and Accessibility: The high cost of advanced AI chips and technology may pose a challenge to vocational institutions in terms of integrating these into their training programs. Strategies to overcome this will be essential for providing comprehensive AI education.

Preparing for a Diverse Workforce: As AI chips become more prevalent, the demand for skilled professionals capable of working with these technologies will increase. Vocational training programs must evolve to prepare students for various roles in this field.

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations: With the ethical use of AI and related technologies becoming a critical concern, vocational training programs must incorporate these aspects into their curriculum, preparing students to navigate the complex landscape of AI ethics and regulations.


The advancements in AI chips and their applications present challenges and opportunities for vocational education and training. As we progress towards 2034, vocational institutions must adapt their curricula and training methods to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in an AI-driven future. This will involve not only technical training but also an understanding of the ethical and societal implications of AI technologies.

Suggested Read: Navigating the Realities and Opportunities of AI in Vocational Education and Training (VET)

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Sukh Sandhu

Executive Director

Sukh has been working in the VET and Higher Education Industry for over 25 years. In this time, he has held several roles with RTO's and Higher Education Providers (HEP) including CEO roles for International Colleges and National Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager roles for several RTO's, TAFE's and Universities. Sukh has also worked for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a Business Systems Project Official. Sukh is a Canadian permanent resident and Australian citizen.

Sukh has had extensive project management experience in risk management, compliance, administration and as a training consultant. He has extensive knowledge in government compliance standards and has participated in nearly one hundred audits across Australia and provided consultancy advice regarding ASQA/VRQA, TEQSA, ACPET, DET-HESG, VQF/Higher Education, ELICOS, NEAS, ANMAC, AHPRA, CRICOS, ESOS and ISO.

Sukh is a member of several independent professional organisations and government bodies including, ACPET, VELG, ACS, AITD, MARA, MIA, ISANA, APEX, IEEE, The Internet Society (Global Member), AISIP, IAMOT, ACM, OISV, APACALL, IWA, Eta Kappa Nu, EDSIG and several others.

Sukh's qualifications include two MBAs, three masters in IT and systems, a Graduate diploma of management learning, Diploma in training design and development, Diploma in vocational education training, Diploma of work, health and safety, Diploma of Quality Auditing, Advanced diploma of management, Advanced diploma in marketing, human resources, information technology, and a number of other courses and qualifications. He has been working as a lecturer and as a trainer and assessor since 1998, Sukh has been a vocal advocate of audit reforms and system centred auditing practices rather than auditor centred auditing practices for many years.