IBM unveiled a groundbreaking commitment and global plan to provide 30 million people of all ages with new skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow by 2030. IBM is announcing a clear roadmap with more than 170 new academic and industry partnerships to achieve this goal. The effort will leverage IBM’s existing programs and career-building platforms to expand access to education and in-demand technical roles.
With diverse offerings and an adaptable approach, IBM’s education portfolio strives to be unique and effective, reflecting IBM’s understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach simply does not work when it comes to education. IBM’s programs range from technical education for teens at brick-and-mortar public schools and universities and extend to paid, on-site IBM internships and apprenticeships.
The company’s skills and education programs also pair IBM mentorships with learners and provide no-charge, customizable online curricula to aspiring professionals.
“Talent is everywhere; training opportunities are not. This is why we must take big and bold steps to expand access to digital skills and employment opportunities so that more people – regardless of their background – can take advantage of the digital economy. Today, IBM commits to providing 30 million people with new skills by 2030. This will help democratize opportunity, fill the growing skills gap, and give new generations of workers the tools they need to build a better future for themselves and society.” said Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM.
In India, IBM will continue the partnerships with the Ministry of Skills Development & Entrepreneurship, MEITY, Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education – Sikkim, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (DST), CBSE, Skill Development Councils in Goa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, NPTEL – IIT-Madras and many others as implementing partners to upskill youth from across the country.
Dr JP, DGT, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “We have collaboratively worked through our 16 nodal National Skills Training Institute (NSTIs) spread across 14 states to effectively train and skill students and teachers from vocational institutes to impart necessary future skills. The IBM SkillsBuild program provides free, self-paced technical and non-technical training to tens of thousands of students across the country. These initiatives will help the youth of our country to effectively and efficiently prepare and meet the evolving demands of the industry.”
IBM’s longstanding commitment to education has long been core to its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Three years ago, IBM launched its STEM for Girls program with a vision to reach out to 300,000 students and initiate them into the world of STEM. IBM also launched an online learning platform SkillsBuild in India, which has over 500,000 learners of all age groups, learning and closing the skill gaps in emerging tech.