Skills to Succeed

Skills to Succeed helps address the global need for skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity. It is a key aspect of how we embed corporate social responsibility into our business. We have equipped more than half a million people with the skills to get a job or build a business—more than doubling the impact we set out to achieve when we announced our Skills to Succeed goal in 2010. By 2015, we plan to equip 700,000 people globally with the skills to get a job or build a business.
700,000 by 2015

By 2015, we plan to equip 700,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. Read the news release.


A Belief in the Power of Skills
A Belief in the Power of Skills
Learn more about Accenture's commitment to building skills.

Skills to Succeed helps address the global need for skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity. It does this by drawing on two of Accenture’s unique capabilities: training talent and convening powerful partnerships to develop collaborative solutions. Together with our strategic partners, we have equipped more than half a million people with the skills to get a job or build a business—more than doubling the impact we set out to achieve when we announced our Skills to Succeed goal in 2010.


Looking ahead, we will maintain our focus on Skills to Succeed. We will work to accelerate our impact and continue to make a sustainable difference in the economic vitality and resilience of individuals, families and communities around the globe. Additionally, we will use the knowledge gained from our experiences to provide insights to scale programs and enhance their relevance to local markets.


Our Goal
Our Goal
Learn more about our goal to equip 700,000 people with the skills to get a job or build a business.

One of our proudest accomplishments is the tremendous progress we are making through Skills to Succeed, Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, which we launched in 2009 to advance employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.


In 2010, we established a goal to equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with workplace and entrepreneurial skills. By the end of fiscal 2013, we had already helped nearly 510,000 people—more than doubling the impact we set out to achieve.


In large part, this success is due to:

 


Another significant driver is our investment, since fiscal 2011, of more than US$150 million. This investment supports our corporate citizenship efforts, including Skills to Succeed, through cash as well as pro bono contributions of time and Accenture employee skills.


Against this backdrop, we are increasing our target: by 2015 we will equip 700,000 people worldwide with workplace and entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, as we continue to drive measurable outcomes, we plan to set our next multi-year Skills to Succeed goal in fiscal 2015.


While Skills to Succeed generates value widely, we measure it rigorously and believe our approach differentiates our initiative. Our goal specifically measures material changes in job readiness or entrepreneurial skill levels. That is, we measure where we have systematically moved an individual along the path to secure a job or build a business. We also measure the effectiveness of efforts such as classroom workshops for information technology skills, e-learning programs with job training modules, connecting rural poor to markets and long-term mentoring for entrepreneurs.



Our Strategic Partners
Learn more about our people and the impact they are making in communities around the world through Skills to Succeed.

Skills to Succeed is an enormous source of pride for our people, and their energy and expertise have greatly enhanced our contribution to our communities.


Our employees share their time, skills and counsel, volunteering for activities such as conducting information technology skills workshops, creating new technology solutions for skills training, implementing new technology platforms, and providing long-term mentoring for entrepreneurs.


In fiscal 2012, our people participated in nearly 477,000 hours of Accenture-sponsored corporate citizenship programs; in 2013, the number of hours rose to more than 518,000.



Our People & Our Impact
Learn more about how we are delivering impact through our long-term relationships with strategic partners.

The measurable impact we achieve through long-term relationships with strategic partners is central to Skills to Succeed. Working with nonprofits that bring on-the-ground expertise in both mature and growth markets allows us to focus our efforts in the communities where we can make the biggest difference. By investing in these partnerships, our initiatives deliver measurable employment and entrepreneurship outcomes at scale.


We team with global and local nonprofit organizations that share our passion for building skills, bring rigor and discipline to measuring program outcomes and comprise a footprint that enables our people to engage and make a difference. Together we are supporting robust and structured programs that make a significant change in participants’ marketable skills.


Read more on our Skills to Succeed impact map and in the latest Corporate Citizenship Report.



Our People & Our Impact
Learn more about how we are scaling impact through collaboration and technology programs.

When we launched Skills to Succeed, we knew that employability and entrepreneurship were pressing issues. We have been struck, however, by how relevant and urgent they have become in nearly every country around the world.


At the same time, we recognize that no one company can address these issues alone. Instead, building skills and improving the well-being of communities worldwide demands collaboration across different organizations and sectors. Increasingly, therefore, we are bringing together our people, our clients, nonprofits and others to drive collaboration, and we are putting technology to work to accelerate and expand our impact in innovative ways.


For example, Accenture played a leadership role in convening governments, businesses and civil society to create a new global coalition to address youth employment, Solutions for Youth Employment. Launched in October 2014, this coalition will leverage key learnings to implement proven solutions for providing young people with productive employment. The coalition’s founding partners include: Accenture, the World Bank Group, International Youth Foundation, the RAND Corporation and Skills to Succeed partners Plan International and Youth Business International.


Our greatest opportunities involve developing cross-sector collaborations and expanding the application of technology solutions. We are particularly excited by the promise of technology to help multiply scale and create transformative opportunities for people worldwide.


Read more in our latest Corporate Citizenship Report.


Read more about Skills to Succeed in our 2012–2013 Corporate Citizenship Report.

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