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IBM expands ‘New Collar’ programmes into France

IBM expands ‘New Collar’ programmes into France

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IBM has announced plans to expand its global ‘New Collar’ programmes into France as part of a commitment to help prepare the French workforce for the business and social transformation being driven by hybrid cloud, digital and AI technologies.

These plans include:

  • The launch of the very first P-TECH schools in France to provide technical and professional educational opportunities to young people, primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • A new digital SkillsBuild platform to help the unemployed and those changing careers develop the technical and professional skills needed to re-enter the workforce; and
  • New commitments to apprenticeship programmes, including participation in the OpenClassrooms initiative

The announcement was made during President Macron’s ‘Tech for Good’ Summit in Paris, where IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty is leading an education working group.

“We know that AI, like other transformative technologies before it, will have a profound impact on peoples’ jobs and the workplace. That is why IBM is leading the way in expanding the pathways through which students and professionals can build skills for today’s technology era,” said Rometty. “Through groundbreaking education programs like P-TECH – which we are proud to expand in France – we can ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age.”

IBM has been making investments and partnering with governments, educational institutions and businesses around the world to equip the global workforce for emerging ‘New Collar Jobs’, which are jobs that require specialist technical skills but not always a traditional university degree.

IBM’s ‘New Collar’ programme is the largest global initiative of its kind, with 200 P-TECH schools serving 125,000 students across 13 countries, including France, when the current school year starts.

Following the ‘Tech for Good’ Summit, Rometty delivers the opening keynote at Viva Technology 2019 on the next chapter of digital transformation for business.

During her keynote, she will share how businesses can accelerate their transformations by moving mission-critical work to the hybrid cloud and by scaling AI throughout the enterprise, driving innovation while earning the trust of society.


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