Learners will benefit from a new generative AI course roadmap and collaborations with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world.
NEW YORK, September 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — To help close the global artificial intelligence (AI) skills gap, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced its commitment to train two million learners in AI by the end of 2026, with a focus on underrepresented communities. To achieve this goal globally, IBM is expanding its AI education collaborations with universities around the world, working with partners to deliver AI training to adult learners and launching new courses generative AI via IBM SkillsBuild. This will expand IBM’s existing career development programs and platforms to provide improved access to AI training and in-demand technical positions.
According to a recent global study conducted by the IBM Institute of Business Value, surveyed executives estimate that implementing AI and automation will require reskilling 40% of their workforce over the next three years, primarily those in entry-level positions . This further reinforces that generative AI is creating demand for new roles and skills.
“AI skills will be essential for tomorrow’s workforce,” said Justina Nixon-Saintil, vice president and chief impact officer of IBM. “That’s why we’re investing in AI education, with a commitment to reach two million learners in three years, and expanding IBM SkillsBuild to collaborate with universities and nonprofits on a new generative AI training for learners around the world.
AI training for universities
IBM is collaborating with universities globally to build capabilities around AI by leveraging IBM’s network of experts. Faculty at the university will have access to IBM-led training, such as lectures and immersive skills experiences, including certificates upon completion. Additionally, IBM will provide tutorials for teachers to use in the classroom, including self-directed AI learning paths. In addition to faculty training, IBM will provide students with flexible and adaptable resources, including free online courses on generative AI and Red Hat open source technologies.
Roadmap of new free course offerings in generative AI
Through IBM SkillsBuild, learners around the world can benefit from AI training developed by IBM experts to benefit from the latest cutting-edge technological advancements. IBM SkillsBuild already offers free courses on AI fundamentals, chatbots, and crucial topics like AI ethics. The new generative AI roadmap includes courses and enhanced features.
- Courses include writing prompts, getting started with machine learning, improving customer service with AI, and generative AI in action.
- AI-enhanced features of the IBM SkillsBuild learning experience will include chatbot enhancements to help learners along their journey, as well as personalized learning paths based on each person’s personal preferences and experiences. learner.
These courses are all completely free and available to learners around the world. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to obtain IBM-branded digital credentials recognized by potential employers.
This new effort builds on IBM’s existing commitment to train 30 million people by 2030 and aims to address the pressing needs facing today’s workforce. As of 2021, more than 7 million learners have registered for IBM courses. Globally, the skills gap poses a major barrier to the successful application of AI and digitalization, across sectors and beyond technology experts. This requires the development and implementation of a comprehensive worldview. IBM’s legacy of investing in the future of work includes making free online learning widely accessible, with clear pathways to employment, and focusing on historically underrepresented communities in the technology sector, where the skills gap is greater.
About IBM SkillsBuild
IBM SkillsBuild is a free educational program focused on underrepresented communities in the technology sector, helping adult learners, high school and college students and faculty develop valuable new skills and access career opportunities. The program includes an online platform complemented by personalized, hands-on learning experiences delivered in collaboration with a global network of partners.
The open version of IBM SkillsBuild is an online platform that offers more than 1,000 courses in 20 languages on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing and many other technical disciplines, as well as professional skills such as Design Thinking. Most importantly, participants can obtain market-recognized IBM-branded digital credentials.
The enhanced partner version of IBM SkillsBuild can also include workshops, expert conversations with IBM coaches and mentors, project-based learning, access to IBM software, specialized support from partners throughout the process learning and a connection to career opportunities.
Of the February 20221.72 million students and job seekers worldwide have joined IBM SkillsBuild.
Deirdre Leahy Hart