Helping students build their future in tech.

Our goal is to help every student, no matter their circumstances, prepare for jobs of the future—jobs that may not even exist yet. Designed by educators and experts in emerging fields, IBM SkillsBuild for Students is focused on technology and workplace skills. And it's all free, open, and completely digital.

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Expanding access to tech and professional skills

Right now, people all over the world are learning with IBM SkillsBuild for Students. They’re exploring new subjects and technologies like blockchain, sustainability, and cybersecurity. They’re progressing through learning paths to earn industry-recognized badges — badges that show the world what they’ve learned and what they can do. And everyday, more people begin their learning journey on IBM SkillsBuild for Students.

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998 thousand plus

Learners Registered

2.9 thousand

Partner Organizations



146 thousand plus

Digital credentials issued

Nithya Govindasamy - Director of Workplace Learning
The benefits that we’ve seen from using a platform like IBM SkillsBuild is having consistency in how we’re exposing students to specific skills, specifically workplace skills and workplace curriculum.
Nithya GovindasamyDirector of Workplace LearningDallas Independent School District

What learners are saying

Isai Ricon
My experience [has been] nothing short of enriching. The first course I took on AI reminded me how important it is to continue researching Artificial Intelligence as a force for societal good. The course where I learned to build my own chatbot using IBM Watson Assistant was an eye-opener. [It] provided me with a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the creation of chatbots [...] I spent the summer with IBM SkillsBuild, and I can say it was a summer well-spent.
Isai Ricon12th Grade Senior
Arcia Jeffries
The IBM SkillsBuild course [I took] was great because it allowed me to learn new and useful computer skills. [...] Knowing this new information [about AI assistants] will help me in the future if I ever need to create a simple AI assistant for business or other career opportunities. For my chatbot, I focused on educating the public on the Salvation Army homeless shelter. My chatbot was meant to help anyone with how to get into the shelter, telling them what it was for, and the living conditions of the shelter.
Arcia Jeffries9th Grade Freshman
Julian Saldana
I had a lovely experience using the IBM SkillsBuild course and learning how to code and design an AI Chatbot. I programmed to address and spread awareness of Covid-19, [providing] locations of testing sites, currently open grocery stores, and what you can do to help stop the spread.
Julian Saldana9th Grade Freshman

What educators are saying

Monquelle Shamburger
What stood out to me about IBM SkillsBuild [was] just the variety of ways of learning and teaching students. It wasn't all just reading. They could interact, practice. I love that, doing it step by step. And it was pretty [well] laid out for the teach as well. Everything was really easy for them to access.
Monquelle ShamburgerCareer Tech TeacherA.H. Parker High School
Mohammad Azhar
IBM SkillsBuild provides a grounding for the students where they can learn something, without [having to know] too much. It gives them a little scaffolding. That's what I like about it. So far, when I give activities to my students, none of [them] say it's too difficult to comprehend.
Mohammad AzharCommunity College ProfessorBorough of Manhattan Community College


Tech&Learning "Back to School" Award of Excellence

Secondary Education / 6-12

August 2021

Celebrating exceptional technology that supports educators heading back to school.

GOLD Brandon Hall "HCM Excellence" Award

Best Advance in Social Impact Innovation

August 2021

Recognizing the best organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools

Silver Edison Award


April 2021

Honoring excellence in Innovation and business success for new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation.

District Administration "Top Ed Tech Products of the Year" Award

January 2021

Innovative new solutions that help district leaders meet the ever-evolving technology needs of their schools.

Business-Education Partnership Award

The Career & Technical Association of Texas

June 2020

Recognized as a business and education leaders who understands that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education CTE programs.

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