IBM SkillsBuild program imparts technology knowledge and skills to high school students

Secondary school students in South Australia can learn cyber skills focused on artificial intelligence, cloud computing and security through SkillsBuild for Students, a six-month online program in collaboration with IBM, the government of South Australia and AustCyber’s South Australian Cybersecurity. Innovation code.

Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni said the initiative will help students learn e-skills that will have real-world application when they enter the job market.

“Today, high school students across South Australia will have the opportunity to start preparing for future cyber careers through a new curriculum available to all schools and free to all learners, whether public, private or independent,” says Pisoni. .

“South Australia is uniquely positioned to seize the opportunities created by the global demand for high-quality cybersecurity solutions and talent.”

“The IBM SkillsBuild program will provide high schools with access to a free resource for students and teachers. It also includes courses on emerging technologies and courses on professional skills, both of which lead to free digital badges that students can share on their online CV,” says Pisoni.

Pisoni says the program can help students prepare for internships and jobs and earn the same badges as professionals in the field. The platform will provide skills development in technical and work readiness areas.

This partnership is part of IBM’s global commitment to provide 30 million people of all ages with the new skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow by 2030 and to address critical skills shortages in Australia.

IBM Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Katrina Troughton warns that without intervention, Australia faces an extreme shortage of cybersecurity talent, which is needed across all sectors.

“Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues of this decade. It impacts nearly every facet of life, from national security to personal safety and mental well-being. But with a dearth of people with cyber skills in Australia, we need to look for ways to steer young people quickly into these critical areas of need, and that challenge is bigger than any organization on its own,” says Troughton.

“Our partnership with the South Australian Government and AustCyber ​​South Australian Node unlocks opportunities for high school students and gives them access to the range of possibilities that a career in technology offers,” says Troughton. “More than that, students will be able to enter tomorrow’s job market with the digital acumen they need to be able to fully participate in and contribute to the digital economy.”

Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, said the SkillsBuild initiative will build on curriculum-based cybersecurity initiatives in the classroom and promote the cyber sector to Australia’s workforce. future.

“With approximately 7,000 direct new jobs needed in the cybersecurity industry by 2024, now is the time to give our students the skills they need to be ready for our future challenges,” Price suggests.

“Students will have the opportunity to integrate learning into everything from the basics to the complexities of cloud computing, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies of tomorrow. This will give them an edge in any vocation they decide to pursue for further education and/or when entering the job market.

This is not the first time that IBM has launched educational initiatives. IBM says it has been preparing students for the future through the Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) program for 10 years.

Launched in 2011, the P-Tech model has been adopted in over 300 schools across 28 countries with over 600 corporate partners. Today, IBM and its industry partners have created the IBM SkillsBuild for Students program to bring those same benefits to students around the world.

In Australia, IBM successfully piloted SkillsBuild in New South Wales in partnership with AustCyber’s New South Wales node and the New South Wales government, which saw the participation of nearly 70 schools and platform content mapped to New South Wales curriculum.

The IBM SkillsBuild for Students online program is available for South Australian secondary schools to enroll from today.


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