Cultivating Talent

Discover IBM Z Skills programs and resources


Free trials and system access

  • IBM Z Xplore

    IBM Z Xplore is a new, comprehensive learning experience to introduce learners to IBM Z and enterprise computing. The experience includes a gaming app, a learning platform with access to IBM Z for hands-on challenges, and a student contest.

  • Community Cloud

    The IBM LinuxONE Community Cloud is a no-charge, 24 x 7, enterprise-grade, open access, shared public cloud environment on IBM’s LinuxONE platform. Sign up for 120-day access to a virtual server to develop, test, or run open source applications on LinuxONE, or to access any of the other services offered.

  • IBM Z software trials

    Try the latest IBM® Z® software today at no charge, and with no installation required. These no-charge trials are available within two hours for three days. Register and get started today, no credit card required!

Build the Future Workforce

There’s a whole new generation of computing talent ready to begin their careers. When talking to early professionals be positive, emphasize the strengths, value, and benefits of enterprise computing. Engage recent hires in recruitment efforts, partner with Academic Initiative schools, and explore non-traditional programs. Explore the Employer Resource Catalog for more hints and guidance.

There are many options to help train new hires as well as cross-skill and up-skill incumbent employees. Explore the many resources available. However, training is not only about course work and content; mentors play an important role in ensuring that knowledge and expertise are assimilated and applied by early career employees. Pairing mentoring with on-the-job training can accelerate learning and increase confidence for your recent hires.

Create opportunities for employees to thrive. Provide leadership opportunities, assign positive career mentors, encourage attendance and participation at industry events, and foster a sense of community. While a recent hire may be learning how to do the job, opportunities still exist for having a voice and making an impact to the company and the broader Z community.

Additional Resources


IBM Z Skills Client Success Story: Meet Gary Fusco, Senior VP with M&T Bank

IBM Z Virtual Career Fair – October 25, 2023

IBM zDay Skills for the Future – Highlights

Building skills for IBM Z

Find and develop IT and mainframe skills for your digital transformation

IBM Z Skills Advocate Team

A worldwide team focused on developing mainframe skills and initiatives with clients, universities and students