Supporting Veterans: IBM


Each year around Veterans Day, we start to hear platitudes about “serving those who’ve served.” We owe much to the women and men who have dedicated their lives to defending our country, so shouldn’t we seek to serve them daily – not just on Veterans Day?

Service can take many forms – some quantitative and others qualitative. When it comes to training and hiring for New Collar jobs, the IBM approach is qualitative. Through its Veterans Employment Initiative, IBM and its partners engage, train, certify, and help place military veterans transitioning to civilian careers. These aren’t just “jobs.” They are well-paying careers in the growth area of cybersecurity. And as demonstrated in the testimonials of Army and Air Force veterans who have completed this free IBM training, the careers they have entered are as fulfilling and meaningful as their military service.

With its partners Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), IBM launched the Veterans Employment Initiative in January 2016. Since that time, more than 500 veterans have completed the free program – many sessions of which have been taught by IBMers who are veterans. The training prepares graduates to qualify as certified data analysts, and more than 98 percent of those who have completed the program have passed their certification exam.

But IBM does not stop there. After certification, graduates receive public- and private-sector job placement assistance through IBM and its for-profit and non-profit partners. Though the program is not yet two years old, more than 100 military veterans have been placed in New Collar careers with IBM, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies, and private-sector partners such as TD Bank.

IBM is grateful to those who have served, and thankful for its ability to help them enter and build new civilian careers. If you or someone you know is seeking assistance with transitioning into a civilian career in data analytics or cybersecurity, visit the IBM Veterans Employment Initiative website for details on how to register for free training and certification at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

Related Resources:
Learn More About the IBM Veterans Employment Initiative
First Person: From the Frontlines of the Army to Cybersecurity
First Person: Starting Over with the Right Training for New Collar Career
Read More About IBM Impact Grants

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