Cognizant Synapse to boost one million in tech & AI skills

The initiative draws on Cognizant’s longstanding expertise on training and educating a global workforce
Cognizant launches new scheme aimed at empowering more than one million individuals with cutting-edge technology skills like generative AI

Cognizant has announced the official launch of its groundbreaking training initiative, Synapse, aimed at empowering more than one million individuals with cutting-edge technology skills like generative AI.

Together with governments, academic institutions, businesses, and other strategic partners, Cognizant’s program will leverage evolving AI technology and the company’s premier tech services to help prepare individuals for the future workforce.

"Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace, and the demand for creative, tech-savvy individuals is skyrocketing," said Cognizant CEO Ravi Kumar S. "Through this sweeping reskilling endeavour, we are striving to equip one million individuals with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in the digital economy. Cognizant’s Synapse initiative is not just about education; it's about empowering people to shape their own destinies and creating employment pathways that meet the needs of tomorrow’s employers."

Meeting the technology skills gap

According to the US Chamber of Commerce, US businesses alone have nearly three million positions they are unable to fill with those numbers set to grow in the coming years if the problem remains unaddressed. Cognizant’s Synapse initiative is designed to revolutionise and rebalance the landscape of tech education and workforce development by redefining opportunities for more than one million individuals around the globe and resulting in a new, employable talent pool for the future digital economy by 2026. The initiative draws upon Cognizant’s heritage as a tech re-skiller, the company’s deep industry and government partnerships, and its expansive expertise across global geographies, industries, and digital technologies. 

Since 2018, Cognizant has worked closely with global organisations to invest in training opportunities for those in the tech field and has awarded $70 million to support 70 leading global organisations and non-profits committed to skilling. Earlier this year, the company expanded its partnership with Google Cloud to provide robust training resources for tech talent development on Google Cloud and promote the responsible use of AI.    

“The traditional skilling model isn’t keeping pace with the evolving workforce – Synapse is designed to chart a new course for employees and employers to succeed,” Kumar continued. “We cannot rely on the status quo to prepare workers for the jobs of the future. Instead, we need to radically transform our path to employee – and employer – success.”

Cognizant’s Synapse has been designed to deliver accessible, comprehensive, and high-quality skilling experiences to participants from all levels of society. The initiative – the first of its kind – is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech education.    

“Cognizant’s Synapse initiative recognises and responds to the anxiety created by an increasingly digital economy,” Tobi Young, Cognizant’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability, Corporate, and Regulatory Affairs. “Tech skills are a fundamental currency for success and Cognizant is committed to equipping individuals to thrive. Synapse is designed to deliver accessible, comprehensive, and high-quality skilling experiences. Our goal is to build a consortium of industry leaders, educational institutions, and philanthropic organisations to sustain the communities where we live and work by closing the digital skills gap, fostering a culture of continuous learning, and enriching the future pool of technology talent with one million trained-and-ready employees.”

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