By increasing its investments and initiatives in France, USA based IBM is set to add 1800 jobs in France and add new tech training in areas including AI, blockchain, cloud computing and IoT.
According to IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty who also announced the investment in new jobs and training in conjunction with the Tech for Good Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris commented the following:
“President Macron is making a big bet, and a smart one, that AI is going to transform every job, every profession and every industry. At IBM, we share this belief and see evidence of it every day with Watson driving exponential impact here in France and around the world. That is why we are bringing 1,800 new jobs to France to meet growing demand for AI from our clients.”
The new jobs will be for business consultants, IT architects, developers and technical experts, including both new graduates and experienced professionals and out of the 1800 new jobs 400 will be related to AI which was announced earlier in March at the French AI for Humanity summit.
IBM also intends to strengthen its national presence by creating local competitiveness hubs with key local public and private partners with the new hiring. These programs have already been started in Lille and Strasbourg.
Nicolas Sekkaki, general manager of IBM France further commented:
“We are dedicated to building advanced capabilities alongside our clients in the communities where they operate. IBM will continue to work with the government to make sure France has the skilled workforce necessary to take advantage of this unique era.”
IBM has been creating and hiring for “new collar” jobs which are essentially jobs in sectors such as cyber security, data science, artificial intelligence and cognitive business and these jobs do not require traditional university degrees but the right skills obtained through vocational or on the job training.
IBM has been partnering with the French government with the company’s innovative and groundbreaking P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High School) education model. Created in 2011, P-TECH will provide young people with a focus on people with disadvantaged backgrounds train on the skills and credentials required for the 21st century jobs. P-TECH will be in nearly 120 schools in four countries and is on track for 75000 students for “new collar” jobs. The innovative education model has also collaborated with 400 companies providing mentoring, site visits, paid internships and guaranteed job interviews upon graduation. IBM is also set to launch IBM France Academy which will be based in Paris supported by online courses, will train IBM France employees, clients and partners to build modern skills for the AI-era.
Headquartered in the US, IBM is an integrated technology and services company worldwide. IBM was founded in 1911 and it reported operating pretax income of $12.9 billion and a revenue of $79.1 billion in the year 2017. IBM employs around 366600 employees worldwide.