IBM launches SkillsBuild, a free digital learning platform

Tuesday, 18 August, 2020

IBM launches SkillsBuild, a free digital learning platform

IBM and Soldier On are partnering to launch ‘SkillsBuild’, a free and open digital learning platform and initiative to help former Defence personnel and veterans upskill rapidly, allowing them to transition into jobs in high-demand sectors, including tech and cybersecurity.

Katrina Troughton, IBM Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, said there is an urgent need to redeploy and reskill the workforce within Australia — particularly with technical and professional skills — and SkillsBuild addresses that need.

“Investment in future skills is vital to ensure the country’s ongoing digital literacy. As a mid-career re-skilling initiative, our partnership with Soldier On will help many Australians build new skills and redeploy existing ones, pivoting to a new career path that will help address the huge skills gap we have in cybersecurity in particular, but also in digital skills more generally,” Troughton said.

Troughton commended Soldier On’s dedication to the empowerment of veterans and their families, particularly through access to education programs and employment support. Peter Leahy, Soldier On Chairman, also expressed his excitement at the organisation’s partnership with IBM and thanked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his support. Leahy said the innovative digital learning platform will ensure the veteran community has another avenue to help them re-skill and transition to a new career following active service.

“As part of Soldier On’s Pathways Program, the IBM SkillsBuild platform will enable more veterans and their families to upskill in high-growth areas like cybersecurity and secure their future post-service career faster,” Leahy said.

Under the program, over 3000 veterans and their families will have access to online learning programs to gain digital and professional skills in a range of subjects, including web development, data management, customer support, cloud administration and cybersecurity. Participants will receive personalised coaching on course content, career planning, professional skills and labour market insights from IBM experts. Participants will also gain experience working with industry professionals on real-life projects, thus increasing their employability.

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