The global IT giant has partnered with the South Australian government to deliver a cyber education program to high school students.
In partnership with the South Australian government and AustCyber’s South Australian Cyber Security Innovation Node, IBM has announced it would offer the state’s high school students with the opportunity to develop cyber skills.
The company has committed to delivering its six-month SkillsBuild for Students online program, offered to state, private and independent schools.
The program aims to equip students and educators with skills necessary for real-world applications when they enter the workforce.
The program includes artificial intelligence, cloud computing and cyber security training, as well as course work on emerging technologies and professional competencies.
Upon completion, participants will receive free digital badges they can share on online resumes.
Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, welcomed the initiative.
“From today, South Australian high school students will have the opportunity to begin skilling themselves for a future career in cyber thanks to a new program on offer to all schools that is free to all learners – be it public, private or independent,” Minister Pisoni said.
“South Australia is in prime position to seize the opportunities created by the global demand for cyber security solutions and high-quality talent, and the Marshall Liberal government is committed to initiatives here to address these demands.
“The IBM SkillsBuild program will give high schools access to an amazing resource that is free for students and educators.”
The partnership forms part of IBM’s global commitment to equip 30 million people with new skills needed for the jobs of the future by 2030.
Katrina Troughton, managing director of IBM Australia and New Zealand said the program would help address skills shortages in Australia.
“Cyber security is one of the biggest issues of this decade. It impacts nearly every facet of life, from national security through to personal safety and mental wellbeing,” Troughton said.
“But with a shortage of people with cyber skills in Australia, we need to look at ways to fast-track young people into these critical areas of need, and that challenge is bigger than any organisation to address alone.”