Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, highly interactive, online training program that helps disadvantaged young people, aged 15 - 24, build skills and confidence to make career choices and develop the key employability skills they need to find and sustain employment.
Launched in 2016, the Skills to Succeed Academy’s goal is to provide access to employability support to as many disadvantaged young job seekers as possible, many of whom have limited access to support.
Motivated to drive a step change in employability-support service for young people, Accenture reviewed the landscape of employment-support offerings in the United Kingdom and Australia that are designed for young people. We recognised a need for high-quality, tailored and interactive learning that focusses on helping young people understand how to do things for themselves, while also building their skills and confidence. We saw an opportunity to apply our learning and technology expertise to address this need, and set out to create an innovative online approach to employability-skills learning.
The Academy offers three courses and 36 interactive online learning modules designed to help young jobseekers develop the key employability skills they need to find and keep a job. The character-based program engages participants with advanced learning technologies, gaming techniques, role-based simulations, telestrations, videos, quizzes and interactive exercises with advice from employers, job advisors and other young people who have been successful.
Participants are actively involved in decision-based learning. With each decision, they receive instant feedback—both from the realistic characters with whom they interact in the training and an online coach.
Young jobseekers are invited to access the Skills to Succeed Academy through youth employment support programs run by Accenture Australia’s national nonprofit partners. Our partners support the hardest to reach 15 to 24-year-olds with accessing and realising the full benefits of the training.
The Academy aims to build capacity for support workers across the welfare-to-work sector. This is particularly important at a time where the need for their services is quickly increasing in tandem with pressure on resources.
Since its launch in the United Kingdom in 2010, the UK version of the Skills to Succeed Academy has helped more than 50,000 young people, who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEETs, to build critical employability skills.
In Australia, the Skills to Succeed Academy launched in September 2016, with many of nonprofit partners realising and embracing the potential of the online learning tool to skill disadvantaged young people and build their confidence to find employment, in any industry. The online learning program is being accessed by participants who are located in metropolitan, regional or remote areas of Australia.
Watch this Academy video from the UK to find out more: