IBM has announced its intention to hire 2,000 US veterans into what are dubbed "new collar jobs", over the next four years. This particular employment initiative is part of a larger effort by IBM to hire around 25,000 US workers through 2020.
Simply put, IBM's CEO, Ginni Rometty, thinks there should be another denomination beyond blue collar and white collar jobs: new collar. This kind of position is one that combines technical skills with certain aspects of higher education but does not require a four-year degree. Regarding this subject, Diane Gherson, IBM's Senior VP of Human Resources stated:
"Many of the positions IBM is eager to fill are new collar jobs. What's most important in these roles is having the right mix of skills and experience that our clients need in fast-growing areas like cloud computing, cybersecurity, network management, and digital design. Veterans bring a disciplined work ethic as well as strong collaboration and communications skills acquired through their military service, all capabilities that IBM values highly."
Since January of last year, monthly training sessions have been held all over the United States, in an effort to train veterans in the use of software, particularly IBM's i2 Analysts' Notebook. Following the completion of training, former and current military personnel are provided with employment assistance from the nationwide non-profit Corporate America Supports You.
At the time of writing, 500 veterans have completed the training program.