IBM has launched several skills programs for students and IT professionals to address the technology skills gap that an IBM report has outlined, according to a company statement.
This year’s IBM Tech Trends Report found that only 1 in 10 companies have the skills to correctly apply business analytics, mobile and cloud computing, and social business.
According to the report, most educators and students feel their school is inadequate in meeting the demand for high technology skills.
Jim Corgel, IBM academic and developer relations general manager, said the company is expanding its skill development programs in cybersecurity, mobile computing, and commerce.
“Having a highly skilled workforce is critical to an organization’s ability to innovate, meet client demands and grow,” he added.
IBM is expanding its Academic Initiative program by offering a pre-packaged IT security curriculum and allowing professors to access security software for classrooms.
The company will also provide software licenses and training materials in big data and analytics, commerce, and mobile computing.