IBM CEO Virginia Rometty has announced that in the next two years the company is planning to create 1,800 jobs in France in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The announcement was made at the Tech for Good summit in Paris, which was hosted by the President of France Emmanuel Macron.
Pursuing the idea of making France a “center of excellence” dedicated to artificial intelligence, the tech giant is looking to hire 1,800 specialists in France in areas including blockchain, AI, and IoT. This includes at least 400 research jobs that were announced in January. In their efforts to expand operations in France, IBM is cooperating with major clients such as Crédit Mutuel, Orange Bank, Generali, SNCF, and LVMH.
Building on the American classifications of “blue collar” or “white collar” jobs, Rometty said that IBM will bring a training program for “new collar jobs” to France.