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IBM launches new AI programme to rethink the modern workforce



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IBM launched IBM Talent & Transformation this week, a new business programme which aims to robust AI skills training, drive the transformation necessary to use AI to empower employees, transform workflows, eliminate bias and build a modern workforce.

The curriculum covers areas essential to AI initiatives, including deep learning and machine learning frameworks, applying algorithms, open source technologies and data visualisation to ensure that businesses make decisions less on “gut” intuition and more on data-driven analytics.

IBM’s new services, AI tools and related training initiatives take learnings from methods and technologies that IBM has applied to drive its own workforce transformation. These services harness the power of AI personalisation to guide employees in developing skills and pursuing opportunities to grow within the company.

They also allow HR teams to measure flight risk for proactive retention and use bias reduction capabilities to flag bias in recruitment efforts such as language in job descriptions.

The IBM AI Skills Academy, a new service offering and educational programme, will help businesses plan, build and apply strategic AI initiatives across the enterprise such as evaluating AI roles and skills, building the necessary skills, and creating an organisational structure in support of an AI strategy, all while being supported by IBM’s expert resources.

IBM has also established various IBM Watson Talent products, including a Watson recruitment, Watson candidate assistant, Watson career coach, Watson Talent frameworks, adverse impact analysis and IBM Garage.

“IBM believes that building a workforce to compete in the era of AI is as much about culture and specialised expertise as it is about technology,” said Mark Foster, senior vice-president of IBM Global Business Services.

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