Latinos and African Americans will benefit the most from IBM’s training programs

The IBM logo is displayed in Milan's trendy Garibaldi-Porta Nuova district on June 22, 2021.

The IBM logo is displayed in Milan’s trendy Garibaldi-Porta Nuova district on June 22, 2021.

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The technology company IBM is committed to expanding access to education, skills and preparation of 30 million people in the world for professional careers in the next nine years, from which the Latino and African-American communities in the United States will preferably benefit. .

To achieve that goal, IBM will form more than 170 alliances with associations, institutions of higher education, government agencies, employment agencies and non-profit organizations.

In addition, it announced that it will expand P-Tech programs for high school students around the world, in which high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds study, in order to train in disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics ( STEM), points to the company’s page.

In the 26 schools in the United States where IBM is the lead partner, 47% of the students are Latino; 5.5% white; 2.1% Asian and 44% African American.

IBM detailed that 20 of the P-Tech schools are in states with a high presence of Latinos, including New York, New Jersey and Texas. In addition, the company stated that this initiative allows adolescents in the program to accumulate paid professional experiences and obtain a free STEM university degree (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

IBM said that the difficulty of entrepreneurs finding qualified talent for STEM jobs has paralyzed economies around the world and cited data from the World Economic Forum that closing the global skills gap could raise $ 11.5 trillion world GDP in 2028.

“The talent is everywhere, but not the opportunities for training,” said Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM in a statement.

“That is why we must take big and bold steps to expand access to digital skills and employment opportunities so that more people, regardless of their origin, can take advantage of the digital economy,” he added.

Residents of India, Japan, Spain, Nigeria, Sweden and Latin America will also benefit from this initiative.

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