IBM’s workforce development programs help people help themselves by providing the training and access they need to prepare for careers, apply their expertise in new ways, and transform their businesses into engines for economic growth.


Veterans employment initiative

Throughout 2016, IBM’s Veteran Employment Accelerator Impact Grant program helped hundreds of vets in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada to train for data analyst certification using IBM’s latest i2® Analyst’s Notebook software. Through 20 no-cost, one-week training sessions per year, IBM and our nonprofit partners engaged veterans seeking to transition into new-collar civilian careers in such areas as fraud detection and cybersecurity. Nearly 500 former service members completed the training, with a 98 percent post-session certification rate.

In its first full year, 20 percent of participants have moved into new jobs in the public and private sectors. Corporate partners such as American Express, Aetna, PNC and USAA are essential to the program, working with IBM to place these highly skilled vets into key roles in their companies.

What IBM offers through this program equips our veterans with the skillset to better their employment opportunities, especially with good paying positions that enhance their quality of life. Veterans have the capability to transfer their military skills and a solid foundation for learning from their experiences in the military that will be a benefit to any organization.

— General Ondra Berry, Assistant Adjutant General, Nevada Air National Guard

Veterans attend a November 2016 training session in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Veterans attend a November 2016 training session in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Supplier Connection

$3b

Large companies spent over $3 billion in 2016 with Supplier Connection participants.

Supplier Connection, a free web-based portal, connects small and diverse businesses with the supply chains of larger organizations. It provides these small companies with a standardized, streamlined way to register basic information, share business practices, and potentially connect with both large and small businesses to enhance their opportunity for growth. In turn, large companies are now able to quickly find registered suppliers and communicate and forge stronger relationships with new and existing suppliers.

$3b

Large companies spent over $3 billion in 2016 with Supplier Connection participants.

In 2016, the 40 large companies that are part of Supplier Connection spent over $3 billion with the suppliers registered on the portal. The number of registered suppliers has grown to nearly 3,000 and is expected to grow by 50 percent in 2017.

One example of the many connections made in 2016 was between DuPont and Global Sourcing Connection, a promotional products supplier. Through Supplier Connection, DuPont was able to enhance both their understanding of the supplier’s offerings and their confidence in the supplier’s capabilities. Global Sourcing Connection was awarded the business, projected at millions of dollars annually.

Download the 2016 report