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October 1, 2023

IBM Commits to Train 2 Million in Artificial Intelligence in Three Years, with a Focus on Underrepresented Communities

• Learners will benefit from a new generative AI course roadmap and collaborations with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) worldwide.


NEW YORK, October 1, 2023 — IBM has pledged to train two million individuals in artificial intelligence over the next three years, specifically focusing on underrepresented groups. To achieve this goal, IBM is partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, broadening its collaborations with universities to provide AI education, and introducing new generative AI coursework through IBM SkillsBuild.

A recent global study conducted by the IBM Institute of Business Value reveals that executives estimate that 40% of their workforce will need to reskill in the next three years due to the implementation of AI and automation, especially those in entry-level positions. It underscores the need for new roles and skills in generative AI.

“Justina Nixon-Saintil, IBM’s Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, said AI skills will be essential for tomorrow’s workforce. That’s why IBM is investing in AI training and expanding IBM SkillsBuild to collaborate with universities and nonprofits on new generative AI education for learners worldwide,” she said.

• AI Training for Universities

IBM is joining forces with universities worldwide to expand their AI capabilities, using IBM’s broad network of experts. Faculty members will have exclusive access to IBM-led training, including lectures and immersive skilling experiences, with completion certificates. IBM also offers courseware, including self-directed AI learning paths, for faculty to use in classrooms. Students can access flexible and adaptable resources, including free online courses on generative AI and Red Hat open-source technologies.

IBM SkillsBuild allows learners globally to benefit from AI education created by IBM experts to deliver the latest cutting-edge technology developments. Learners can access free coursework in AI fundamentals, chatbots, and vital topics such as AI ethics through IBM SkillsBuild. The new roadmap of generative AI coursework includes enhanced features and technology developments.

The coursework includes prompt writing, getting started with machine learning, improving customer service with AI, and generating AI in action. Learners will also benefit from AI-enhanced features within the IBM SkillsBuild learning experience, such as chatbot improvements that help support learners throughout their journeys and tailored learning paths based on personal preferences and experiences.

All courses are entirely free and accessible to learners worldwide. Upon course completion, participants will earn IBM-branded digital credentials that potential employers will recognize.

This new initiative builds on IBM’s pledge to skill 30 million people by 2030. It addresses the pressing needs facing today’s workforce, where the skills gap presents a significant obstacle to successfully implementing AI and digitalization across industries. IBM’s history of investing in the future of work includes making free online learning widely available, with clear pathways to employment, and focusing on historically underrepresented communities in tech, where the skills gap is more expansive. Since 2021, over 7 million learners have enrolled in IBM courses.

IBM SkillsBuild is an education program focusing on underrepresented communities in the tech industry. It helps adult learners, high school and university students, and faculty members develop new skills and access career opportunities. The program is available online, including over 1,000 courses in 20 languages. These courses cover technical disciplines such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data analysis, cloud computing, and workplace skills like Design Thinking. Participants can earn digital credentials that are recognized by the market and bear the IBM brand.

Besides the online platform, IBM SkillsBuild offers an enhanced partner version that includes workshops, expert conversations with IBM coaches and mentors, project-based learning, access to IBM software, specialized support from partners through the learning process, and connection to career opportunities.

Source: IBM

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