To help close the global artificial intelligence (AI) skills gap, IBM announced to train two million learners in AI by the end of 2026, in collaboration with universities globally. Through this initiative, IBM aims to focus on underrepresented communities where the skill gap is wider.
Roadmap of new, free course offerings in generative AI
Through IBM SkillsBuild, learners worldwide can benefit from AI education to provide the latest cutting-edge technology developments. IBM SkillsBuild offers free coursework in AI fundamentals, chatbots, and crucial topics such as AI ethics. The new generative AI roadmap includes coursework and enhanced features.
Coursework includes Prompt-Writing, Getting Started with Machine Learning, Improving Customer Service with AI, and Generative AI in Action.
AI-enhanced features within the IBM SkillsBuild learning experience will include chatbot improvements to help support learners throughout their journeys, and tailored learning paths based on each learner’s personal preferences and experiences.
These courses are free and available to learners around the world. At course completion, participants will get an IBM-branded digital credential recognized by potential employers.
Skill gap in AI
According to a recent global study conducted by IBM Institute of Business Value, 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 Vice President & Chief Impact Officer. "That's why we are investing in AI training.
AI training for universities
IBM is collaborating with universities globally to build capacity around AI. University faculty will have access to 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.