Skills for new collar careers

Today’s digital transformation is creating millions of jobs that require new skills, and IBM is helping people worldwide to pursue these “new collar” IT careers through skills training at no cost.

SkillsBuild is IBM’s open, online learning program offering over 1,000 interactive courses in cybersecurity, data analysis, cloud computing and other technical disciplines, as well as courses to build workplace skills such as collaboration and presentation. Courses are available in multiple languages, with content that includes contributions from industry leaders such as Red Hat® and cybersecurity company Fortinet. 

Participants start by identifying a learning path that fits their interests and aptitude, and completing courses can earn them IBM-branded digital badges for use in online profiles to certify their skills to potential employers. Worldwide, 215,000 people have joined SkillsBuild and completed 341,000 learning hours.

SkillsBuild is now available in 141 countries and collaborates with 90 nonprofit agencies worldwide to provide mentoring and project-based learning, and to help find local job opportunities. Many learners begin with no IT experience and are ready for a job in six months—as in India, where over 4,000 SkillsBuild learners have found full-time employment.

The program is also intended to help narrow the IT skills gap for people underrepresented in our industry. Among learners who participate through our nonprofit partners, over 40 percent are women, and more than half come from a racial or ethnic minority in their location. 

SkillsBuild is one of many IBM initiatives to make IT skills more accessible and help people without advanced degrees to join our industry. IBM’s Veterans Employment Initiative offers no-cost IT training, and our apprenticeship program has produced 500 full-time IBMers in three years. And, the Open P-TECH online platform offers early skills training to students ages 13–20 worldwide.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with rapid technological developments, is profoundly changing the workplace. At the same time, businesses are increasingly seeking to build strong and diverse talent pipelines. IBM SkillsBuild is designed to give aspiring professionals a powerful set of resources at no charge to help them cultivate meaningful careers.

Justina Nixon-Saintil

Vice President and Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility

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The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with rapid technological developments, is profoundly changing the workplace. At the same time, businesses are increasingly seeking to build strong and diverse talent pipelines. IBM SkillsBuild is designed to give aspiring professionals a powerful set of resources at no charge to help them cultivate meaningful careers.

Justina Nixon-Saintil

Vice President and Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility

P-TECH school model

Three high school students in a P-TECH classroom in Brazil

P-TECH students in Brazil

P-TECH high schools integrate college courses with their standard curriculum, provide students with mentoring and paid workplace experience from local industry partners, and help them graduate with an associate degree—all at no cost.

IBM launched P-TECH in 2011 with a single public school in Brooklyn, New York. Today, there are 266 P-TECH schools in 28 countries, partnered with 209 colleges and 600 companies. IBM is affiliated with 59 schools and has committed to providing 1,000 paid IBM internships for students in the US.

All P-TECH schools have open enrollment, with no grade or testing requirements for admission, and many serve disadvantaged communities to help foster greater diversity in our industry.

Three high school students in a P-TECH classroom in Brazil

P-TECH students in Brazil