In a bid to help close the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills gap, IBM is going to train two million learners in AI by the end of 2026, with a focus on underrepresented communities. To achieve this goal, the company is expanding AI education collaborations with universities globally, with partners to deliver AI training to adult learners, and launching new generative AI coursework through IBM SkillsBuild, a statement from IBM notified.
According to a recent global study conducted by IBM Institute of Business Value, surveyed executives estimate that implementing AI and automation will require 40 per cent 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, the statement said.
“AI skills will be essential to tomorrow’s workforce. 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 Justina Nixon-Saintil, Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, IBM, in the statement.
Further, as per the statement, IBM is collaborating 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, added the statement.
It also mentioned that the courses are completely free and available to learners around the world.
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 seven million learners have enrolled in IBM courses, the statement concluded.