IBM Hiring 2K US Vets for New Collar Work
March 20, 2017
IBM will hire 2,000 U.S. veterans over the next four years. These
positions are part of the company's broader pledge to hire 25,000 U.S.
workers through 2020, and many are "new collar jobs" that do not always
require a four-year college degree.
"The men and women who have served in our country's armed forces have
unique talents and skill sets that make them a natural fit for some of
the technology industry's most exciting fields," said Diane Gherson,
IBM's Senior Vice President of Human Resources. "Many of the positions
IBM is eager to fill are new collar jobs. What's most important in these
roles is having the right mix of skills and experience that our clients
need in fast-growing areas like cloud computing, cybersecurity, network
management, and digital design. Veterans bring a disciplined work ethic
as well as strong collaboration and communications skills acquired
through their military service, all capabilities that IBM values
its commitment to help veterans build new collar job skills, IBM also
has expanded its nationwide program to train U.S. vets in software that
is widely used in the defense and law enforcement industries. Since
January 2016, IBM has been hosting one U.S. training session per month
that certifies participating veterans in the use of i2 Analysts'
Notebook. Recent training sessions have taken place in Pittsburgh,
Tampa, and Las Vegas, with upcoming sessions in Philadelphia, Fort Drum,
and Houston. More than 500 veterans have been trained to-date, and
hundreds more will participate in the program this year.
The free certification in IBM analytics solutions that will aid in
cybersecurity and national security software skills is followed-up with
career placement services provided by Corporate America Supports You, a
nationwide non-profit that provides employment assistance for current
and former military personnel, together with IBM and other corporate
partners. This veterans employment initiative is part of IBM's
philanthropic impact grants that arm non-profits, governments, and
institutions with skills and expertise to better serve their