At the IBM Think Digital conference, IBM launched the Open P-TECH, a free digital education platform focused on workplace learning and digital skills. 
Photo: (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
At the IBM Think Digital conference, IBM launched the Open P-TECH, a free digital education platform focused on workplace learning and digital skills. Photo: (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

IBM launches Open P-TECH free platform for workplace learning and skills

By Dhivana Rajgopaul Time of article published May 7, 2020

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DURBAN - At the IBM Think Digital conference, IBM announced the launch of Open P-TECH, a free digital education platform focused on workplace learning and digital skills. 

The platform, building on the industry leading P-TECH program, equips 14 to 20-year old learners and educators with foundational technology competencies. Training in technologies such as AI, cloud computing and cybersecurity, along with professional skills, like Design Thinking. It offers content in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

"As the pandemic accelerates digital transformation, new ways of learning must keep pace if we are to equip all young people with skills relevant to the digital era and marketplace. On the one hand, this is a massive challenge; on the other, this presents a great opportunity to better prepare people for new collar careers. Open P-TECH is a free platform designed to provide relevant workplace skills to anyone in the world so they can be successful in this digital era,” says Ginni Rometty, IBM Executive Chairman.

Launched in 2011 by IBM, the P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High School) model has been adopted in 220 schools across 24 countries with over 150000 students and 600 corporate partners. 

Open P-TECH scales the most essential workplace preparation elements of the P-TECH program making them available to more students than ever before. Open P-TECH provides modules for students and teachers that include courses on emerging technologies and courses on professional competencies, both leading to free digital badges that students can share on their online resumes. Using the platform, students preparing for internships and new collar jobs earn the same badges as professionals in the field.

IBM believes that companies bringing advanced technologies to market have a responsibility to prepare students and workers for the way those technologies will shape jobs and the nature of our work. Innovation should unlock opportunities to make our workforce more inclusive, not less.

Open P-TECH is now available to students and teachers worldwide. 

At the Think Digital conference, IBM also launched new services and solutions backed by a broad ecosystem of partners to help enterprises and telecommunications companies speed their transition to edge computing in the 5G era. This effort combines IBM’s experience and expertise in multicloud environments with Red Hat’s industry-leading open source technology, which became part of IBM last year in one of the biggest tech acquisitions of all time.

With the new edge services, IBM Business Partners and open multicloud solutions from IBM, enterprises will be able to tap into the potential of 5G to support crucial uses like emergency response, robotic surgery or connected-vehicle safety features that benefit from the few milliseconds latency saved by not having to send workloads to a centralised cloud.

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