In 2010 we invested approximately US$600 million in training and professional development and provided 67 hours per employee in educating our people. Our people also have the opportunity to learn from and be coached by the best in the business - supportive leaders and colleagues who can pass on their industry, technical and functional expertise.
Training is conducted in a variety of ways at Accenture, from classrooms to the web, both locally, globally, digitally and in person.
All our new recruits attend New Joiner Orientation when they first arrive, which gives them the essential knowledge they need to launch their Accenture career. This program serves as an introduction to our global network even though it is conducted close to our people's home locations. This is just the first component of training we give to our people.
However, learning doesn't stop when you walk out of the classroom. Our global learning portal, myLearning, directs our people to over 20,000 online courses, virtual classroom courses and other learning resources, to meet almost any business need. Our people also learn while they are on the job by using the Knowledge Exchange, our vast online encyclopedia. This means our people are learning every minute of every day of their Accenture career.
All of this takes place in a supportive environment that enables you to collaborate with your colleagues and draw from expertise around the world.