IBM will train 2 million disadvantaged learners in AI within 3 years

IBM intends to train two million learners in artificial intelligence (AI) by the end of 2026, with a focus on underrepresented communities, as part of efforts to help close the global AI skills gap.

For this purpose, IBM is expanding AI education collaborations with universities globally, working with with partners to deliver AI training to adult learners, and launching new generative AI coursework through IBM SkillsBuild. 

This will expand upon IBM’s existing programs and career-building platforms to offer enhanced access to AI education and in-demand technical roles.  

According to a recent global study conducted by IBM Institute of Business Value, surveyed executives estimate that implementing AI and automation will require 40% of their workforce to reskill over the next three years, mostly those in entry-level positions. 

This further reinforces that generative AI is creating a demand for new roles and skills.

“AI skills will be essential to tomorrow’s workforce,” said Justina Nixon-Saintil, IBM VP and chief impact officer. 

“That’s why we are investing in AI training, with a commitment to reach two million learners in three years, and expanding IBM SkillsBuild to collaborate with universities and nonprofits on new generative AI education for learners all over the world,” said Nixon-Saintil.

IBM is working with universities at a global level to build capacity around AI leveraging IBM’s network of experts. University faculty will have access to IBM-led training such as lectures and immersive skilling experiences, including certificates upon completion. 

Also, IBM will provide courseware for faculty to use in the classroom, including self-directed AI learning paths. In addition to faculty training, IBM will offer students flexible and adaptable resources, including free, online courses on generative AI and Red Hat open source technologies.

Through IBM SkillsBuild, learners across the world can benefit from AI education developed by IBM experts to provide the latest in cutting edge technology developments. IBM SkillsBuild already offers free coursework in AI fundamentals, chatbots, and crucial topics such as AI ethics. 

The new generative AI roadmap includes coursework and enhanced features. These courses are all completely free and available to learners around the world. 

At course completion, participants will be able to earn IBM-branded digital credentials that are recognized by potential employers. 

This new effort builds on IBM’s existing commitment to skill 30 million people by 2030, and is intended to address the urgent needs facing today’s workforce. 

Since 2021, over 7 million learners have enrolled in IBM courses. Worldwide, the skills gap presents a major obstacle to the successful application of AI and digitalization, across industries, and beyond technology experts.