IBM is investing $70 million in ‘New Collar’ jobs in Africa

The lack of skilled, employable workers, especially in the information technology (IT) sector, is a common complaint by most corporations in Africa.

International Business Machine (IBM) is putting its money where its mouth is, by investing $70 million in an initiative is tagged ‘Digital – Nation Africa’, to help train African youths in digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills.

“IBM sees effective, high quality IT education as a key driver of economic vitality in Africa. Through access to open standards, best practices, IBM tools, and course materials, the broad scope of this initiative will enable vital skills development”, said Hamilton Ratshefola, Country General Manager for IBM South Africa.

“In order to find solutions to Africa’s challenges, industries across the spectrum need to enable the existing and future workforce to perform at the forefront of technologies such as cognitive and cloud computing. This will be the key to spurring economic growth”.

25 million African youths would benefit from the initiative, free of charge. The initiative is part of IBM’s global push to equip workers with skills that do not necessarily require a college degree. The firm calls this ‘New Collar’ careers.

IBM said in a statement that ‘‘through a free, cloud-based online learning environment delivered on IBM Bluemix, the premier cloud platform for business, the initiative will provide a range of programs from basic IT literacy to highly sought-after advanced IT skills including social engagement, digital privacy, and cyber protection’’.

‘Digital- Nation Africa’ would be launched from IBM’s regional offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya and Morocco.

People interested in the programme should check this link for more details.