IBM SkillsBuild

IBM SkillsBuild (previously, IBM Academic Initiative) is an American online educational website and initiative product of IBM established in 2005. It offers free digital training in STEM, computer study, cyber, information technology and other sciences through various courses. It hosts soft skills training courses as well.[1][2] It has partnership with several universities in US.[3] In October 2022 partnered with Hispanic Heritage Foundation to boost diversity.[4][5][6] IBM has partnership with VA Dept. on veterans training through Skillbridge Program.[7][8]

IBM SkillsBuild works with Indian government Directorate General of Training under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) as well.[9]

Selected courses

It has four foundation courses: Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals, Data Fundamentals, Information Technology Fundamentals.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "IBM targets teaching soft skills in its most popular SkillsBuild courses". Fortune. Archived from the original on 2023-09-01. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  2. ^ "IBM to Grant $5 Million In-Kind for Schools to Boost Cybersecurity, Together with Enhanced Skilling on AI". IBM Newsroom. Archived from the original on 2023-06-03. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  3. ^ "Schiller and IBM join forces to boost student employability through the IBM SkillsBuild platform". September 26, 2022. Archived from the original on October 10, 2022. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  4. ^ "Hispanic Heritage Foundation Announces Collaboration with IBM to Upskill Latinos Through IBM SkillBuild and Meet America's Workforce Needs". IBM Newsroom. Archived from the original on 2023-06-10. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  5. ^ Pugachevsky, Julia. "IBM has a free online learning platform called SkillsBuild for teenage students who are interested in tech careers". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2022-06-28. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  6. ^ "IBM to offer new technology courses to UMT students". Archived from the original on 2023-02-02. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  7. ^ "IBM, PNC partner to get more military veterans into tech jobs". 6 April 2017.
  8. ^ Milanesi, Carolina. "IBM's New Partnerships To Address Cybersecurity Talent Shortages Also Drive Social Impact". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2023-05-12. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  9. ^ "IBM, Indian Government Launch Platform to Impart IT Skills to Students". Beebom. November 4, 2019. Archived from the original on March 31, 2023. Retrieved September 1, 2023.

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