Preparing Veterans for Rewarding New Collar Careers

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IBM’s Veterans Employment Initiative provides software training, certification and job placement assistance to veterans pursuing careers as data analysts. IBM experts lead five-day training sessions at dozens of locations each year, featuring IBM i2® Analyst’s Notebook® software. Part of our Impact Grants portfolio, the initiative works with Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCNN) to host sessions and recruit qualified participants. The program has certified more than 500 veterans in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, and helped to place many into jobs. As we approach Veterans Day, IBM is proud to engage and assist those who have served – not just today, but every day.


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 our Veterans Employment Initiative, we and our 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 you can see from 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 our 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.

Veterans Employment Initiative training session

But we don’t stop there. After certification, graduates receive public- and private-sector job placement assistance through IBM and our 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.

We are grateful to those who have served, and thankful for our 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.

Diane Melley is IBM’s Vice President for Global Citizenship Initiatives.

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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