Who are IBM?

IBM (International Business Machines) is a multinational technology company that specialises in various aspects of information technology, including hardware, software, and services. With a rich history spanning over a century, IBM has been at the forefront of innovation, contributing significantly to the development of computing technologies and solutions. Renowned for its expertise in areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and data analytics, IBM continues to shape the digital landscape by offering a wide range of products and services to businesses and organisations worldwide.

What is the IBM SkillsBuild platform?​

  • SkillsBuild is a global IBM CSR initiative launched in May 2020. ​
  • Offering free digital learning on the tech and professional skills of tomorrow, for participants.
  • Students can earn industry accredited digital badges through the course of there studies.
  • ​It’s part of IBM’s global strategy to upskill 30 million people worldwide by 2030.
  • Whether learners are interested in skilling up for the emerging digital economy or taking the first steps towards a new career, SkillsBuild offers the best place to start!

How can the DofE and IBMs SkillsBuild work together?

The DofE and IBM have a shared goal to develop skills in the UK’s young people, that will give them a pathway to succeed and thrive in the employment market.

The partnership will enable the UK’s young people to prepare for the transition from education to the workplace, discover the world of technology, whilst working towards their DofE Award.

It’s a free of charge learning platform that’s an openly accessible option for the DofE Skills section – and beyond – is available to all our network.

Complete the Skills section for your DofE Award with SkillsBuild. The platform keeps track of the exact minutes/hours each piece of learning takes and records time spent on completed learning – making it easy to use as evidence towards your Skills section.

From AI Foundations and Cybersecurity Fundamentals to Explorations into Mindfulness and Basic Principles of Design, there’s loads of courses to choose from!