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IBM commits to skill 30 million people globally by 2030

IBM commits to skill 30 million people globally by 2030

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IBM has unveiled a groundbreaking commitment and global plan to provide 30 million people of all ages with new skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow by 2030. To achieve this goal, IBM is announcing a clear roadmap with more than 170 new academic and industry partnerships. The effort will leverage IBM’s existing programmes and career building platforms to expand access to education and in-demand technical roles.

“Talent is everywhere; training opportunities are not,” said Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM. “This is why we must take big and bold steps to expand access to digital skills and employment opportunities so that more people – regardless of their background – can take advantage of the digital economy. Today, IBM commits to providing 30 million people with new skills by 2030. This will help democratise opportunity, fill the growing skills gap and give new generations of workers the tools they need to build a better future for themselves and society.”

The difficulty employers worldwide face in finding skilled workers poses a significant hurdle to economic growth. According to the World Economic Forum, closing the global skills gap could add US$11.5 trillion to global GDP by 2028, but education and training systems would need to keep pace with market demands.

“In today’s world, digital skills on emerging technologies are growing in demand and are key to driving innovation and economic growth for nations. The need to upskill and reskill the workforce is getting more critical than ever,” said Hossam Seif El-Din, General Manager, IBM Middle East and Pakistan. “In the Middle East, IBM is committed to building digital talent pipeline to support the workforce of the future, and we will continue to invest in our education and training programs to further support the national vision of digital innovation across the region.”

With diverse offerings and an adaptable approach, IBM’s education portfolio strives to be unique and effective, reflecting IBM’s understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach simply does not work when it comes to education. IBM’s programmes range from technical education for teens at brick-and-mortar public schools and universities, and extend to paid, on-site IBM internships and apprenticeships. The company’s skills and education programmes also pair IBM mentorships with learners, and provide no-charge, customisable online curricula to aspiring professionals.

IBM’s plan to educate 30 million people relies on its broad combinations of programmes and includes collaborations with universities and key government entities, including employment agencies. Partnerships extend to NGOs as well, particularly those that focus on groups such as underserved youth, women and military veterans. In general, IBM’s efforts mobilise the private sector across the globe to open and expand opportunity pathways for underrepresented and historically disadvantaged communities.

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