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Grand Coalition - Pledge of Accenture

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Provide digital training opportunities to equip 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
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Accenture commits to providing digital training opportunities as part of the company's Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which will equip 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.

Launched in 2009, Skills to Succeed is a corporate citizenship initiative aimed to advance employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in both mature and emerging markets.

The following are examples of Skills to Succeed initiatives underway to help contribute to the creation of digital jobs. Additionally, through similar initiatives in Spain and in partnership with F. ONCE, FSC Inserta, Spanish Red Cross and F. Tomillo among others, Accenture has already trained another 100 disadvantaged young people, 33 of whom work in Accenture Spain as junior programmers.

UK “Movement to Work”

Accenture is one of the founding partners of the “Movement to Work” initiative aimed at providing 100,000 new vocational training and work experience opportunities for young people aged 18-24 by mid-2015. This initiative brings together some of the largest employers in the UK and asks that each company cascade its commitment to provide training and work experience placements through its supply chain encouraging suppliers to do the same. Where possible, the placements will be linked to jobs or apprenticeships. Accenture will offer opportunities to 100 young people in 2014. Some of the training placements will be aimed at offering young people the skills and experience required to successfully apply for our IT apprenticeship scheme, while others will aim to provide young people with digital skills and experience required to help SMEs enhance their digital capabilities and offerings.

Italy “Digital Training Lab”

Accenture is part of a cross-sector consortium, including academia, NGO and private sector partners sponsoring the “Digital Training Lab” initiative. This training program is designed to improve the employability of unemployed young Italians for careers in digital marketing, including content and revenue management, online reputation and analytics. This blended learning curriculum targets 100 young people and includes classroom, eLearning and on-the-job training through internships and mentoring with a focus on hard and soft skills.

Spain “Programming for the Future”

Accenture, working with Education for Employment (EFE), is training disadvantaged youth in programming languages and job readiness skills as part of a program, currently operating in Spain, Morocco, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil, to provide pathways into IT employment at Accenture and other technology companies. This initiative seeks to train 180 disadvantaged people. To date, 100 people have been trained and more than 50 placed in jobs, 25 of whom now work at Accenture.