IBM announced the introduction of educational initiatives with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Specialisterne Foundation, and six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide free STEM career training to U.S. military veterans, neurodivergent learners across the around the world and at university. students from underrepresented communities in the United States
In 2020, Manpower Group found that the talent shortage in the United States had more than tripled in 10 years, with 69% of surveyed employers struggling to fill skilled positions, up from just 14% in 2010. As of September 2021, it There were more than 1.2 million job openings in the United States in software-related occupations, according to the National Foundation for American Policy.
“We believe that the most promising candidates for today’s demanding careers will come from communities that may have historically been overlooked or excluded due to outdated hiring policies and old-fashioned credentials,” said said Justina Nixon-Saintil, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, IBM. and ESG. “That’s why we unite the public, private and nonprofit sectors to cultivate STEM talent from underrepresented communities to address the world’s most critical challenges.”
IBM SkillsBuild will be an enhanced resource for transitioning service members seeking job training and credentials through the VA to pursue careers after completing military service. Working with the VA’s VET TEC (Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses) employer consortium, IBM will help military veterans complete personalized learning paths and other accelerated, non-traditional job training for technology careers at strong demand. The Department of Defense estimates that 250,000 service members are transitioning to veteran status each year.
IBM SkillsBuild offers more than 1,000 online courses and shareable badges upon successful completion, on topics ranging from workplace skills to technical skills for many industries, roles and technologies, including hybrid cloud computing, l AI, cybersecurity, data analytics, help desk, and project management. It also offers access to mentors, resume-building projects, as well as partner-led job fairs and job referrals. By February 2022, IBM SkillsBuild had helped 1.72 million students and job seekers worldwide complete 4 million hours of learning in cybersecurity, data analytics and other technical disciplines.
In 2021, IBM said it would partner with HBCUs to create Cybersecurity Leadership Centers, with the goal of creating a more diverse American cyber workforce. Following this pledge, IBM is announcing the first six of more than 20 Cybersecurity Leadership Centers with the following HBCUs and HBCUs: North Carolina A&T State University, Southern University System, Clark Atlanta University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Morgan State University , South Carolina State University.
Participating universities will have access to a personalized, multi-year cybersecurity experience with IBM, including cybersecurity programs, cloud access, and an immersive learning experience to expand HBCUs’ ability to develop top talent in the industry. cybersecurity.
IBM will develop for each HBCU a customized IBM Security Learning Academy Portal (IBM Client Offering), including courses designed to help the university enhance its cybersecurity training portfolio. In addition, IBM will continue to provide access to IBM Academic programs.
Faculty and students at HBCUs will have the opportunity to benefit from the IBM Security Command Center, through which they can experience a realistic simulated cyberattack, designed to prepare and train them in response techniques. Additionally, HBCU faculty will have access to consulting sessions with IBM technical staff on cybersecurity.
IBM will provide faculty and students with free access to several IBM Cloud SaaS environments.
Additionally, in collaboration with the Specialisterne Foundation, IBM SkillsBuild will be tailored to the professional training needs of neurodivergent people in 13 countries (Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United United, US). The Specialisterne Foundation helps harness the talents of people with autism and people with profiles such as ADHD, OCD and dyslexia.