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June 25, 2020

IBM unveils free digital learning platform 'SkillsBuild Reignite' to reach more job seekers & provide new resources to business owners in India.

Announces a ten-week SkillsBuild Innovation Camp for students, providing hands-on project experience and enhanced learning for increased employability.

IBM, India

BANGALORE, India, June 25, 2020 — To address the current skills gap in the country, IBM is unveiling ‘SkillsBuild Reignite’ to provide job seekers and entrepreneurs with free online coursework and mentoring support, designed to help them reinvent their careers and businesses.

According to the India Skill Report (2019), only 45.6% of the youth graduating from educational institutions are employable. It reflects the massive shortage of skilled workforce in the country. Job seekers, business owners, entrepreneurs, and any individual with learning aspirations can now tap into a host of industry-relevant content, including Artificial intelligence, Cloud, Data analytics, and security to reskill and upskill themselves, at no cost.

In November 2019, IBM India, in partnership with Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, and its implementation partners, made the SkillsBuild online learning platform available to Indian students. Digital classrooms on this platform are made available from the Industrial Training Institutes, ITI, and technical education ecosystem in India.

Currently, the platform has benefited 14,135 learners who have completed 40,000 courses and 77,000 hours of e-learning. SkillsBuild is one of India’s Top 10 online learning platforms by the National Skills Network.

SkillsBuild Reignite will include more coursework and personalized coaching for entrepreneurs seeking advice to help establish or restart their small businesses as they focus on recovering from the COVID 19 pandemic. Courses include financial management, business strategy, digital strategy, legal support, and more.

Working with NGOs such as Edunet and Unnati Foundation amongst other new IBM partners will play a key role in addressing local needs. For example, entrepreneurs looking to create detailed plans to relaunch their business can work with mentors to refine market research and learn about tapping into economic development assistance or improving digital marketing.

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “We mark a significant milestone in supporting Centre’s efforts in accelerating the Indian economy’s revival from the adverse effects of COVID. The Ministry has been working relentlessly to strengthen the skilling ecosystem and leverage the rise in demand for new-age skills by expanding industry cross-collaboration and creating learning pathways through digital learning platforms.

IBM’s expertise in providing multifaceted digital skill training in Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will strengthen our efforts in the recovery of local workforces, communities, and economies by supporting job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.”

“There is a need to shift the needle and focus on new technologies and changing skill requirements to bridge the skill gap. We must align the workforce to industry needs and technology shifts. The SkillsBuild Reignite platform helps equip job seekers with digital, professional skills and relevant training to re-enter the workforce. This platform provides career reinvention opportunities and innovative ways of working and individualized support for relaunching business strategies,” said Sandip Patel, General Manager, IBM India/South Asia.

IBM also announced the SkillsBuild Innovation camp today. The ten-week camp is open to learners interested in gaining hands-on project experience to enhance learning and build their network to increase employability. Participants in the field will get an opportunity to work as part of a diverse team on real-world challenges and learn new skills along the way. With the aid of expert facilitators, students will be guided through the design thinking process and learn strategic methods to craft their problem statement, ideate creatively, solve complex problems and tell compelling stories. The camp concludes with a pitch to stakeholders and potential employers or investors.

Source: IBM

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