International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Chief Executive Ginni Rometty said the company plans to hire 25,000 U.S. workers and invest $1 Billion to develop U.S. workforce over the next four years.
“At IBM alone, we have thousands of open positions at any given moment, and we intend to hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States, 6,000 of those in 2017,” Rometty wrote in the pages of USA Today. “We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving – and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill.”
Rometty said IBM has been working on preparing and training American workers so that they can be qualified for the “new collar” jobs, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
“As industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing, jobs are being created that demand new skills — which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting,” Rometty wrote.
Rometty will join other tech leaders at a summit with Trump on Wednesday in New York. The meeting is expected to discuss about the job creation in the United States. The tech leaders will include Facebook Inc.’s Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos and Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
“Most of all, to create new collar jobs we will need new kinds of collaboration — involving federal and state governments, public school systems, community colleges and private business, across multiple industries,” Rometty wrote. “We will not always agree, but progress in job creation will come from open discussion and engagement.”