About IBM SkillsBuild

At IBM we believe that entry-level tech—new, entry-level tech jobs—require skills, not just degrees. IBM SkillsBuild offers free learning, support, and resources to foster STEM and new collar skills from secondary education (students aged 13-18) to entry-level employment.

Our mission

Helping people prepare for the changing world of work.

The pace of digital acceleration and the demand for core technical and professional skills continues to intensify. At IBM, we believe that learners at all stages of the employment continuum need access to the skills that will allow them to compete in an ever-evolving economy. IBM has been committed to closing the gap for students, job seekers, and the organizations that support them through our programs and platforms for decades.

IBM SkillsBuild brings together two world-class platforms under one brand to help students, job seekers, and organizations opt into the learning experience that’s right for them.

IBM SkillsBuild for Students and Educators

IBM SkillsBuild for Students and Educators exposes secondary school students (13-18) to the emerging career fields and skills needed for success in the future workforce. A starting point for career exploration, the platform offers free access to product agnostic courses both technical and professional.

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Educators can access easy-to-implement resources that enable their schools and organizations to support student career planning and exploration with minimal training. And educators can connect their classrooms with IBMers and other career professionals to enhance students’ industry exposure.

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IBM SkillsBuild for Job Seekers

In collaboration with our partners, IBM SkillsBuild for Job Seekers provides adult learners with a free 6-month, IBM state-of-the-art, project-based learning path, built to suit an entry-level “hot” tech job opportunity they can actually apply for.

Additionally, the IBM SkillsBuild for Job Seekers platform provides free, online learning, credentials, mentoring, and hands-on job experience to help job seekers prepare for in-demand entry-level jobs in technical fields. Built by experts and educators from the business world, SkillsBuild helps any job seeker, anywhere, get career-ready—at no cost.

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Our impact

Bringing free learning to anyone, anywhere.

Our goal is to help every person, no matter their circumstances, prepare for a career they’ll love. IBM SkillsBuild learning and programming is designed by educators and experts in emerging fields. It’s available in a multitude of languages. And it's all completely free.

81%

of SkillsBuild learners say what they’re learning now will prepare them for what they want to do later.

323k

learners (and counting) are gaining skills with IBM SkillsBuild as you read this.


143

Learners in 143 countries (and counting) are using IBM SkillsBuild to gain core new collar skills.

2.1 million

SkillsBuild learners have completed over 2 million (and counting) learning paths and courses.

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The IBM Skillsbuild platform has been the main engine to start my career in cybersecurity. It is where I have gained confidence and motivation to pursue my dream career, focusing on improving my strengths and overcoming any barriers faced when inserting myself in this industry.
Luana PompermaierCompleted 135 hours of SkillsBuild learning

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