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Aligning Education, Skills & Meaningful Jobs

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Aligning Education, Skills & Meaningful Jobs - IBM CSR, Research, Emb(race) and Skills Academy Communications Team

We are operating in a skills-led economy with a significant opportunity to close the skills gap in a manner that is equitable and develops a diverse pipeline of talent. In 2021, IBM accelerated and collaborated on a range of initiatives aimed at exponentially expanding access to affordable education models that map skills development to meaningful, well-paying industry jobs.  Some examples include:

IBM’s Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: 


 OneTen & IBM SkillsBuild:   


Our Skills & Education Initiatives are a long term sustainable solution to staggering student debt, currently at $16 Trillion in the US, under-employment among today’s graduates and the urgency of closing the skills gap and accelerating pathways for diverse talent across all sectors.  We believe these models will have a multiplier effect across communities and generations and underscore diversity as a competitive advantage and key innovation driver for the markets of tomorrow. 


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