IBM has unveiled an ambitious initiative aimed at training a staggering two million learners in artificial intelligence (AI) by the end of 2026. This initiative is driven by the goal of addressing the global AI skills gap, with a specific focus on underrepresented communities.
As part of this initiative, IBM has introduced a new generative AI coursework accessible through IBM SkillsBuild, designed to provide AI education developed by IBM experts to learners worldwide. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including Prompt-Writing, Getting Started with Machine Learning, Improving Customer Service with AI, and Generative AI in Action. These courses are offered free of charge.
IBM is enhancing the learning experience with AI-enabled features, including improved chatbots to support learners and personalized learning paths tailored to individual preferences and experiences. Upon course completion, participants can earn IBM-branded digital credentials recognized by potential employers.
IBM is collaborating with universities worldwide to bolster AI capacity, providing faculty with access to IBM-led training, courseware, and immersive skill experiences. Additionally, students will benefit from flexible and adaptable resources, including free online courses on generative AI and Red Hat open-source technologies.
This initiative aligns with IBM’s broader commitment to upskill 30 million individuals by 2030 and addresses the pressing skills gap in the application of AI and digitalization across various industries. IBM’s endeavor is in line with similar initiatives by tech giants like MongoDB and Infosys, who are also offering complimentary courses to empower individuals through self-learning, opening doors to employment opportunities based on performance in tasks and certifications.