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SKILLS TO SUCCEED CHANGES LIVES

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CLARISSA, EVAN and LORAN

LORAN, EVAN and CLARISSA US
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)


LORAN HARDING
EVAN CRABB
CLARISSA BOENING

UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)


Life before Skills to Succeed:

Loran served in the US Air Force and when deployed to Iraq, his quick IT know-how got the launch office’s communications systems back up and running during a crisis—potentially saving lives. After he served, Loran wanted to find a role where he could apply his IT skills as well as his ability to act quickly under pressure.

Evan served as an infantry officer in the US Army for four years. After that, he was a stay-at-home dad while his wife was in the military. When his wife completed her service, Evan needed help finding a job. He needed to show employers how the qualities that served him well in the military would make him a great asset to any company.

Clarissa served in the US Air Force for seven years. After her service, she and her husband wanted to relocate back to San Antonio from California. She was interested in returning to the workforce and was looking for something different that did not require a degree. She heard about Onward to Opportunity from her husband.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Loran, Evan and Clarissa participated in IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity, a program that delivers comprehensive training, certification and transitional employment support to military personnel and their spouses who have already transitioned and may be seeking new or better employment. From skills certification to networking and interviewing, Onward to Opportunity helped them secure the skills each needed to open doors to opportunities at Accenture.

 

Life after Skills to Succeed:

Loran landed a job at Accenture where he puts his IT know-how to use every day, now Loran providing IT and network support at our San Antonio delivery center. Beyond his IT skills, the strengths Loran honed in the military—a strong work ethic and comfort working with leadership—serve him well in his career, volunteer work and life.

Evan used his job-seeking and networking skills to find a job as a System Developer at Accenture. With a second child on the way, he is now supporting his family and hopes to rise to a leadership role. Evan’s advice to other veterans getting ready to transition to civilian life is to embrace what the military taught—rise above the challenges. Evan advises, “Just go for it. Don’t be afraid. You have nothing to lose.”

Clarissa joined Accenture as a functional analyst working in SAP. Her biggest learning is being able to adapt on the fly. She credits the fast-paced environment of the military for her ability to adapt quickly and embrace new and always changing technology at Accenture. She advises other veterans to do their homework and network—to put yourself out there.

More about Accenture & IVMF:
Accenture is committed to hiring 5,000 US veterans and military spouses by 2020, and partners with a variety of organizations to help transitioning service members and military spouses thrive in the community. Through our Skills to Succeed initiative, we have teamed with IVMF since 2011 to help the organization deliver educational, employment and life-skills training that enable veterans and their families to successfully transition to civilian life. Our latest grant of more than US$ 2.5 million supports the expansion of the nonprofit’s successful Onward to Opportunity (O2O) initiative – launched in partnership with Accenture in 2015 – as well as the development of a first of its kind Global Learning Hub, designed to streamline IVMF’s services and enhance the way participants interact with employers. With Accenture’s continued support, IVMF aims to equip 22,800 with job skills—12,000 of whom will move into meaningful employment.

 
NATALI

NATALI, BRAZIL
Accenture in the Future



NATALI SANATA
BRAZIL


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Accenture in the Future, a Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais Initiative

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Natali Santana had a decade of experience as a bartender, but when she moved to Recife, Brazil, her skills were not in demand.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Without advanced training or education, Natali faced limited employment options. While looking for work, she and her wife discovered Accenture in the Future, a Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais initiative that provides technical training—and the opportunity to be hired by Accenture—to high school graduates from low-income communities at no cost. Accenture in the Future gave Natali valuable digital and business skills, preparing her for a technology career.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Natali joined Accenture in 2014 and is now an IT Customer Service Associate, conducting system monitoring for a Products client. Her wife also works for Accenture. Natali hopes to continue to grow in her career, get a degree in Information Technology Management and take English courses so that she can one day work for Accenture abroad.

More about Accenture in the Future:
With Accenture in the Future, a Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais initiative in Brazil, Accenture is providing technical training to high school graduates from low-income communities, who can potentially be hired by Accenture Technology and Accenture Operations. To date, the program has trained more than 340 young people, over 200 of whom have found full-time employment — more than 140 of them at Accenture.

" I can look back today and see that everything I worked for was worthwhile and it was the best choice I could have made for myself."

SUJAN

SUJAN, US
Upwardly Global


SUJAN GURUACHARYA
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Upwardly Global

Life before Skills to Succeed:
As a television producer in Nepal, Sujan once waited nine months to receive a paycheck. While he was lucky to have a job, life was still difficult, so he entered his name in the US green card lottery. Upon winning, Sujan joined his uncle in Chicago — but he struggled to find work in his field, and took a job at a donut shop to make ends meet.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Determined to get back on his career path, Sujan began asking for feedback on his resume from regular customers at the donut shop. It was a chance encounter during a job interview, however, that connected him with Upwardly Global. The recruiter recognized Sujan was overqualified for the role and suggested he participate in Upwardly Global’s training. After a few months, Sujan participated in a mock interview, where due to similar skill sets, he was paired with a volunteer from the Accenture Broadcast team who told him about an open position.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Sujan is now a senior analyst with Accenture Broadcast. In addition to supporting webcasts connecting Accenture people around the globe, he also works on client-facing projects. Outside the office, he is sought out for career advice in his largely immigrant neighborhood. Sujan enjoys exploring the US and hopes to travel with work as his career grows.

More about Accenture & Upwardly Global:
In the United States, Upwardly Global helps eliminate employment barriers and integrates skilled immigrants into the professional workforce. To help this talent pool better integrate into the US economy, Accenture helped Upwardly Global build its online job training platform, which equips jobseekers anywhere in the US with acculturation, job search and technical skills. Through fiscal 2016, approximately 4,400 job seekers have used the online training created by Accenture, of whom nearly 2,000 have secured professional positions. To date, Accenture has hired 19 Upwardly Global alumni.

" Upwardly Global gave me everything I needed to build my career in the United States."

MICHELLE

MICHELLE, UK
Movement to Work

MICHELLE TAYLOR

MICHELLE TAYLOR
UNITED KINGDOM

Skills to Succeed Partner:
Movement to Work

Life before Skills to Succeed:
As a young mom, Michelle was stretched thin between responsibilities at home, work and school. A learning disability made it difficult for her to keep up, yet she still tried her best to succeed in her chosen field, technology. However, when a car accident made it financially impossible to continue her education, Michelle felt hopeless.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Without skills or a degree, Michelle struggled to find employment, but by working with a job placement agency, she was connected to Movement to Work, which offer young people access to high quality digital training, work experience and a path to entry level jobs. Movement to Work provided Michelle with JAVA training and professional development. She then joined a group of Movement to Work participants for additional training at Accenture’s London office. While there, they learned Agile, toured the labs and even met the office robot. The financial support from Accenture and Movement to Work for commuting and meals allowed Michelle to complete her training without worrying about daily costs.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Now a Software Engineering New Associate at Accenture, Michelle is on her way to completing her degree, one of several requirements included in her four-year apprenticeship. She is back to balancing school, work and family but now has the financial support necessary to complete her degree. She is most excited about the future of the technology field and the fact that she can contribute to its ever-changing landscape.

More about Accenture & Movement to Work:
Participants gain practical skills, high-quality digital training and work experience at more than 250 participating employers—including Accenture—where placements focus on technology and digital skills.

Since 2013, more than 55,000 Movement to Work participants have gained placements, and more than 50 percent of those completing placements have found employment or other positive outcomes. Of those individuals, more than 500 found technology-focused placements at Accenture, and more than 120 of those went on to be hired for full-time roles at Accenture or other employers.

" Accenture looked at me as an individual and saw my talents, even when I didn’t yet have the qualifications necessary for the role. It’s a relief to be able to support my children and I’m happy to be back in school. I’ll be the first person in my family to finish university."

AMARYAH

AMARYAH, US
Girls Who Code


AMARYAH LOCKETT

AMARYAH LOCKETT
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Girls Who Code

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Amaryah Lockett viewed information technology as a male-dominated field and did not think it was a fit for her, even though her father and brother both work in the industry. Her mother, however, had a different idea, and after seeing internet posting for Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion program in Atlanta, encouraged Amaryah to apply.

Skills Built/Support Received:
As a Summer Immersion participant, Amaryah gained a fundamental understanding of basic coding languages including HTML, JAVA, CSS, Python and Bootstrap. She started each day presenting her own original work to her peers. In addition to classes, Amaryah attended offsite field trips at major technology companies, including Accenture, which expanded her horizons. In one of her classroom sessions, a TED talk presentation by Girls Who Code CEO and founder Reshma Saujani, helped Amaryah realize she could achieve anything she wanted in STEM and that being a woman was not a limitation. At the end of the summer, she and her Girls Who Code team presented their final project, a website designed to help high school students find internships around the country.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
After completing Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion program, Amaryah changed her high school course of study, adding Advanced Placement Computer Science and Calculus to her schedule. Paying it forward, she is also now hosting a Girls Who Code club at her high school. She hopes to study software or chemical engineering in college.

More about Accenture & Girls Who Code:
We are working with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology by equipping young women with the skills to pursue technology careers. Accenture hosts Summer Immersion Programs and year-round Girls Who Code Clubs across the United States, offering skills training and exposure to real-world mentorship opportunities in technology. To date, our partnership has helped more than 450 girls gain technology skills, including approximately 100 girls who have participated in our Summer Immersion Programs. Since launching our collaboration with Girls Who Code, Accenture people have volunteered more than 3,300 hours with the organization.

" Girls Who Code taught me that goals are tangible with effort and that it doesn't matter if you are a woman, you can like technology and be successful in it. You just have to take risks."

BRUNO

BRUNO, BRAZIL
Accenture in the Future


BRUNO ARAUJO

BRUNO ARAUJO
BRAZIL


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Accenture in the Future, a Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais Initiative

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Bruno had dreams of working in technology but lacked the financial means to afford a training program. To support himself, Bruno worked as a coffee machine operator.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Through Accenture in the Future, Bruno received technology training which included the basics of programming, database and Java script. He also gained job preparation, and interviewing skills. After completing the course, Bruno was offered a job as a Software Engineer Associate with Accenture.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Bruno credits Accenture in the Future with changing his life. Now that he has job stability he plans to complete a System Analysis and Development course and then pursue college. He sees a long future with Accenture and is excited to continue to advance his career path.

More about Accenture in the Future:
With Accenture in the Future, a Rede Cidadã and Instituto Ser Mais initiative in Brazil, Accenture is providing technical training to high school graduates from low-income communities, who can potentially be hired by Accenture Technology and Accenture Operations. To date, the program has trained more than 340 young people, over 200 of whom have found full-time employment — more than 140 of them at Accenture.

" I am grateful to Accenture and Rede Cidadã for the opportunity to change my life."

RUHI

RUHI, CANADA
ACCES Employment


RUHI SOOD

RUHI SOOD
CANADA


Skills to Succeed Partner:
ACCES Employment

Life before Skills to Succeed:
In India, Ruhi Sood was a successful account manager with an MBA, but she wanted to move to Canada in search of adventure and an improved standard of living. Since she had no family in Canada and was moving there alone, she needed to land a job before leaving.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Ruhi applied for permanent residency in Canada and once accepted, began looking for a job opportunities with the help of ACCES. She took advantage of a variety of ACCES’ offerings: sector-specific job placement, access to hiring managers, e-learning modules to familiarize immigrants with the Canadian job market and personalized mentoring. ACCES also helped opened doors that would not otherwise have been available to her. While still in India, Ruhi joined a specialized program to support newcomer women in pursuing successful careers in Canada in leadership roles. There, she connected with a mentor from a financial services firm who helped her secure her dream job as a Commercial Banking Associate.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Ruhi has successfully transitioned to life in Canada, in no small part to the support from ACCES. She is in a job that utilizes her skills and her advanced education. A marathon runner, Ruhi used her love of running to make friends and put down roots in Canada. She encourages other immigrants to take a leap of faith and to not be afraid to pursue their dreams.

More about ACCES:
In Canada, Accenture is helping ACCES Employment develop a new digital platform to deliver skills training and professional services to 56,000 immigrants seeking employment through the end of 2018. We anticipate that more 12,000 of them will secure jobs. This innovative online services program will help ACCES expand its career-skills training and placement services across Canada, assisting immigrants who have already arrived and supporting global pre-arrivals approved for entry, as well as those applying through Canada’s new Express Entry Program.

" I was still in India, but was getting information about how the Canadian job market works. The response and guidance I received from ACCES I couldn’t find anywhere else."

DAVID

DAVID, UGANDA
CE3


DAVID AKENA

DAVID AKENA
UGANDA


Skills to Succeed Partner:
University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development

Life before Skills to Succeed:
David lives in a remote village in Uganda with limited access to electricity. He owns an electronics repair shop and music business, but due to lack of electricity, could only operate one to two hours each day using a diesel generator.

Skills Built/Support Received:
The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development brought David both electricity solutions and entrepreneurial training. Through the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) Essentials Course, David developed business planning skills and was able to build an investment plan. Using his training he has since grown his music business from CD-burning to a fully operational recording studio. Additionally, thanks to the CE3 program, he now has access to solar power, enabling him to have longer hours of productivity.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Through CE3 solar, David’s business has 6 to 10 hours of power each day—more than three times the amount of hours he previously had available using the diesel generator—allowing him to complete more repairs and earn more revenue. Additionally, David has used the knowledge he acquired through training to launch two new businesses, and in the process, he has created six new jobs in the community and has increased his annual income sixfold. David has also set two long-term goals: to leave his children homes on the land he has purchased and train young people in electronics repair so they can start their own businesses.

More about Accenture & CE3 – Notre Dame Partnership:
We are working with the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development to support the CE3 Project—a joint initiative developed by Accenture and the University to increase the livelihoods of individuals living in Uganda and South Africa. In 2015, Accenture announced a grant of $1.6 million to expand a CE3 pilot in Uganda and into South Africa. The project harnesses solar energy to deliver clean, efficient, renewable power and Wi-Fi connectivity to off-grid communities, significantly improving access to technology, job-skills training and mentoring. CE3 also supports on-the-ground nonprofits that train and mentor entrepreneurs to replicate solar power in neighboring villages. Accenture’s commitment, which includes both cash and pro-bono services, will help expand the project in Uganda and launch it in South Africa, enabling more than 2,400 individuals to find a job or start a business. In 2015, Accenture received the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development Corporate Partner of the Year Award.

ARASU

ARASU, INDIA
Leonard Cheshire Disability


ARASU MARI

ARASU MARI
INDIA


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Leonard Cheshire Disability

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Arasu has a physical disability as a result of polio when he was a child. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English, but struggled to find work after university due to a lack of confidence and basic job skills.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Livelihoods Resource Centre in Chennai provided Arasu with training in computer and communication skills, workplace culture and interviewing. The Centre also helped him secure a job as typist/proof reader with a company that produces digital and braille versions of books.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Arasu worked at the publishing company for three years, growing his income by more than 60% from his starting salary. In 2014, he went back to school to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher—using the savings from his salary to pay for an education degree.

More about Accenture & Leonard Cheshire Disability:
We support Leonard Cheshire Disability in expanding its Access to Livelihoods program, which increases the economic participation of persons with disabilities around the world. To date the program has helped more than 8,000 people across Asia with disabilities gain employment in several sectors, including IT and BPO. By 2018, the program will bring skills training to an additional 13,000 people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

" The Learning Resource Centre helped me realize my potential and acquire the skills and training I needed to get a job. Through the training I also learned about interview preparation, communications skills, workplace culture and personal development."

JOSE

JOSE, BOLIVIA
Fundación Entreculturas


JOSÉ HUANCA CAYO
BOLIVIA


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Fundación Entreculturas (Fe y Alegría, Latin America)

Life before Skills to Succeed:
José was working in construction, with no stability and no long-term contracts—a very physical job, in which he saw no future.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Through Entreculturas, José received training at a technical institute, which reinforced employment skills and prepared him for interviews. He learned how to develop his resume and create and manage a company. Online training tools with real life dynamics and games also prepared him for situations he could face at work.

José explained, “They taught me how to prepare a CV and develop the necessary competencies to go out into the labor market and find a job—and to resolve problems about daily life.” After his training, Entreculturas helped José obtain a three-month internship, which led directly to permanent employment at the same company.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
José works at a silo-making company in Santa Cruz city. He finds the work motivating and enjoys the stability, confidence and independence his employment provides. Some day, he hopes to own his own company. Thanks to the training, he is confident in his abilities to realize this dream.

More about Accenture & Fundación Entreculturas:
In total, we expect to provide 175,000 youth with much-needed job skills by the end of 2018, 60,000 of whom we anticipate will obtain employment. To date, we skilled approximately 140,000 youth.

" Although I had worked before, I had never done so in a stable way. Having a job makes me feel very good—sure of myself and independent to make decisions. They have given me the tools so that in the future I can assemble my own business and give work to other people."

ANOWARA

ANOWARA, BANGLADESH
Youth Business International


ANOWARA SHULEY

ANOWARA SHULEY
BANGLADESH


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Youth Business International (YBI)

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Anowara grew up in a small town, in a family struggling to make ends meet. Tradition dictated that she marry and have children young, and not work outside the home. But after a dispute with her husband’s family left her almost penniless, Anowara took action. At age 24, she enrolled in a tailoring course and launched a clothing business. However, due to lack of capital, her business could not grow.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Anowara received mentoring support from YBI network member B’YEAH, as well as $1,875 start-up loan.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Anowara now employs six full time and 160 part-time staff, enabling married women to earn and income and expand their skills while working from home. She allows flexible work hours enabling employees to enroll in education courses, and has opened a literary center in her home where she teaches the elderly and impoverished. She is a role model for women in her local community.

More about Accenture & YBI:
We are helping Youth Business International (YBI) increase the capacity and scale of its network, develop a global technology infrastructure and expand from 40 to 65 countries. This will allow YBI to equip 50,000 youth worldwide with entrepreneurial skills, and enable those individuals to establish approximately 10,000 start-ups and create 16,000 associated jobs. Entrepreneurs around the world are increasingly operating online, and YBI’s new network will reflect this shift, embracing digital and driving scalability and efficiency in its support for disadvantaged youth. To date, YBI has trained more than 47,000 entrepreneurs through Accenture support whom they estimate have created approximately 140,000 new jobs across the globe.

" All young entrepreneurs, especially women, have to confront so many obstacles—from family to several other social and economic barriers. I was determined to overcome these obstacles and achieve my goal of financial independence."

ZAHIA

ZAHIA, US
Upwardly Global


ZAHIA BELASSEL
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Upwardly Global

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Zahia was a Network Security Administrator with Algeria’s largest bank when she won the country’s Diversity Lottery. Although she had a good job, she and her husband decided to move to the United States to secure a better future for their two young children. However, they both struggled to find work when they arrived in the Houston. Despite his experience as a geologist, Zahia’s husband was a cashier at a gas station, while she stayed at home with their children because the family could not afford daycare.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Lacking language skills and an understanding of the US job market, Zahia turned to a Facebook group for Algerians in Houston. On the site she found a listing for Upwardly Global and applied. Upwardly Global’s online training helped Zahia update her resume, develop networking and interviewing skills and ultimately secure a job.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Zahia is now working as a Network Security Engineer for a major energy company. She and her husband can afford daycare and he has left his cashier position to actively search for a job in his field. Zahia hopes to continue to gain experience in the US workplace and get promoted.

More about Accenture & Upwardly Global:
In the United States, Upwardly Global helps eliminate employment barriers and integrates skilled immigrants into the professional workforce. To help this talent pool better integrate into the US economy, Accenture helped Upwardly Global build its online job training platform, which equips jobseekers anywhere in the US with acculturation, job search and technical skills. Through fiscal 2016, approximately 4,400 job seekers have used the online training created by Accenture, of whom nearly 2,000 have secured professional positions. To date, Accenture has hired 19 Upwardly Global alumni.

" We left Algeria because we wanted to pursue the American dream. Immigrants to the US should trust their abilities and know that with the help of Upwardly Global, they can again find a job in their field."

MAX

MAX, US
Year Up


MAX GARCES

MAX GARCES
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Year Up

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Max was working as a technician at his family’s printing company and dreaming of being a video game developer, watching YouTube videos to learn how to code.

Skills Built/Support Received:
During his freshman year in community college, Max was introduced to Year Up through a computer class. As part of his Year Up experience, he decided to take part in an intensive Java programming course led by Accenture volunteers, which had the potential to lead to a paid internship with a large financial services company.

“In just a few weeks, that course taught me as much as I would have learned in a semester at college,” said Max. “The Accenture volunteers provided step-by-step mentoring and personal tutorials—it was a great learning experience.”

Life after Skills to Succeed:
After successfully completing his internship with the financial services company, Max was offered a full-time job working on the development team for a new app. He demonstrated a strong aptitude for testing and is now working in the company’s automation department, testing all the apps across the company. He is about to earn his associate’s degree and expects to have his bachelor’s degree in two years. As for his game developer dream? “It’s still in the back of my mind,” said Max. “But in reality, I’d love to eventually be director level at my current employer, working to make the company more agile and ready for the future.”

More about Accenture & Year Up:
We are working with Year Up to provide low-income young adults with the skills, experience, tools and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. In Miami, Accenture volunteers led training to equip Year Up participants with the Java skills required to work as entry-level programmers at a large financial services company, which resulted in internships and ultimately full-time jobs for many students. Our employees also serve as mentors for Year Up students in four cities across the United States, where they prepare individuals for professional roles. In addition to volunteering, Accenture has contributed a total of more than $425,000 in funding and pro bono support to Year Up locally and nationally.

" Thanks to my new job in information technology testing, I have financial security—this has taken a lot of weight off of my parents, which was really important to me. It’s a big relief to not worry about where my college tuition is coming from."

SAM

SAM, UK
GO Digital, Movement to Work


SAM CAMPION

SAM CAMPION
UNITED KINGDOM


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Go Digital, Movement to Work

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Prior to joining Go Digital, Sam was a ride operator at an amusement park—a job with unreliable hours. He came across Go Digital in his local newspaper.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Through Go Digital, Sam learned a range of practical skills ranging from how to manage social media accounts to how to design websites. The course also helped Sam build his resume and hone his interviewing abilities, ultimately leading to his current employment.

Said Sam, “The most valuable part of the process to me was getting to meet potential employers at the end of the course. While all the training was useful, this step of getting face-to-face with employers was by far the most important factor in me getting employment at the end of it.”

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Using the skills learned in the program and the interviews at the end of the course, Sam now works at Commonplace, an urban planning web app. Sam works in digital marketing and focuses on web design, blogging, designing newsletters and managing the company’s social media accounts.

More about Accenture & Movement to Work:
Participants gain practical skills, high-quality digital training and work experience at more than 250 participating employers—including Accenture—where placements focus on technology and digital skills.

Since 2013, more than 55,000 Movement to Work participants have gained placements, and more than 50 percent of those completing placements have found employment or other positive outcomes. Of those individuals, more than 500 found technology-focused placements at Accenture, and more than 120 of those went on to be hired for full-time roles at Accenture or other employers.

" I had little experience in the business world and the culture that surrounds it, so it was more than a little daunting to be thrust into a world of interviews, presentations and networking. The Go Digital program was vital to me in getting into employment in the digital industry. I’d recommend it to anyone."

MICHAEL

MICHAEL, US
Knowledge is Power (KIPP)




MICHAEL PEARSON

MICHAEL PEARSON
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Knowledge is Power (KIPP)

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Michael was a 12th grader at KIPP DC College Preparatory. He loved football and had many interests, including business and engineering, but lacked exposure to professional opportunities and experiences that could help him identify his true passion.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Michael attended KIPP’s Future Focus Meaningful Program. The 10 four-hour career development sessions covered topics including: professionalism, career management, resume building, interviewing skills and technology and media. They helped Michael prepare for a summer internship at Accenture, where he set up meetings, presented client solutions, and even created a toolkit for future Accenture interns. During Future Focus, Michael also opted to enroll in Advanced Placement classes at his high school. All of these experiences helped Michael mature and learn to balance self-assurance and humility.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Since Future Focus, Michael has improved his ability to follow through on things. He stays in touch with his mentor and former supervisor at Accenture, and is a member of the KIPP DC Robotics Club where he continues to interact with Accenture employees. Michael earned the distinguished Posse Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship, which provides full tuition at the University of Rochester and access to professional development and internship opportunities.

More about Accenture & KIPP:
Together with Knowledge is Power (KIPP), a national network of public charter schools in educationally underserved communities, Accenture created Future Focus, a college- and career-readiness program that has helped more than 8,000 KIPP students and alumni across nine US cities identify careers of interest, build critical job skills, network with potential employers and prepare for success in college. Since 2011, we have helped arrange for more than 400 partner organizations to provide internships and applied learning opportunities to more than 1,700 KIPP students and alumni, including more than 220 KIPP students who have interned at Accenture. We have also supported the KIPP Through College program, which provides KIPP high school students and alumni—almost all of whom are or will be first generation college students—with the tools and support they need to be successful. With Accenture’s support, KIPP has been able to build formal partnerships with more than 80 universities and colleges around the country.

" Thanks to Future Focus Meaningful and my internship at Accenture, I learned valuable lessons on business etiquette—including how to carry myself in a professional environment—which some men do not learn until they are adults."

ANGELICA

ANGELICA, SPAIN
Juntos por el Empleo de los Más Vulnerables




ROSA ANGÉLICA TORO
SPAIN


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Juntos por el Empleo de los Más Vulnerables

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Angélica had some job experience in administrative work and customer service. She worked in department stores but her contracts were short—always for specified work and service.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Emprende +, a tool created by Juntos por el Empleo de los Más Vulnerables, helped Angélica strengthen her employment capabilities. It enabled her to identify strengths and weaknesses so she could develop the skills needed to start her own business. In addition to entrepreneurial skills, the tool and online courses helped her learn about customer care, product buying and selling, providers, and other elements critical to owning a business.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Angélica now owns a shop in Madrid. She sells farm products—everything from free-range eggs and farmhouse pastries to honey—and has loyal clientele. After only a few months, she is thinking of expanding—opening another store and helping create jobs for others. Angélica’s spirit of entrepreneurship helped her earn a Spanish Red Cross ‘Premios Empleando +’ Award.

More about Accenture & Juntos por el Empleo de los Más Vulnerables:
In Spain, we helped to mobilize the Juntos por el Empleo de los Más Vulnerables, a cross-sector initiative that combines the efforts of more than 1,000 social organizations, businesses and public administrations to design and promote solutions to support employment for the most vulnerable sectors of society. To date, this group has developed more than 20 new ways to help vulnerable individuals find a job or become self-employed, and these are being used in 25 countries around the world.

" I started off with very few resources. I had almost no capabilities, but I had a goal. My dream to own a business has come true. Thanks to the training, I know how to reach people and handle situations with providers."

NTOMBTIFUTHI

NTOMBTIFUTHI, SOUTH AFRICA
Leonard Cheshire Disability



NTOMBIFUTHI DHLAMINI

NTOMBIFUTHI DHLAMINI
SOUTH AFRICA


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Leonard Cheshire Disability

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Ntombifuthi is a single mother of two young children, and was unemployed due to a disability that made it painful to work at a physically demanding job. She lives with her mother who also has a physical disability, and has three siblings who are unemployed. A neighbor told her about the Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Livelihood Resource Centre (LRC).

Skills Built/Support Received:
At the centre, a counselor assessed Ntombifuthi’s abilities and arranged training to help her develop the skills and confidence for a job. The staff re-assessed Ntombifuthi after the training to confirm she was ready for employment. Then, the LRC staff helped her prepare a resume and arranged an interview at a freight logistics company. Ntombifuthi was offered a job as a senior administrator.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Ntombifuthi is earning a living and supporting her family. She was even able to renovate her mother’s home. She works hard and loves her job. Thanks to LRC, Ntombifuthi is excited about what the future holds. She explained, “The Soweto LRC has changed my life completely. I am so grateful.”

More about Accenture & Leonard Cheshire Disability:
We support Leonard Cheshire Disability in expanding its Access to Livelihoods program, which increases the economic participation of persons with disabilities around the world. To date the program has helped more than 8,000 people across Asia with disabilities gain employment in several sectors, including IT and BPO. By 2018, the program will bring skills training to an additional 13,000 people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

" As a single mom with a physical disability, I struggled to find work. Now I have a job I love and can support my family. ... It has changed my life completely."

JULIA

JULIA, US
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)




JULIA LOPEZ

JULIA LOPEZ
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Julia joined the military in 2009 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a flight medic in the U.S. Air Force. After she completed her training, she remained in the Active Reserves. It was difficult to juggle her many responsibilities, including raising her daughter, military service, work and school. Julia sometimes had to put off school to find balance with her family. During a period of time when she was both unemployed and out of school, she learned about IVMF’s Veterans Accelerated Career Transformation Services (ACTS) program in an email from Wake Technical Community College and was immediately interested. In fact, she was among the first to inquire about and be interviewed for this program.

Skills Built/Support Received:
In the Air Force, Julia received specialized training to work in flight medicine. However, since there are different procedures for patients in the air and on the ground, she required additional training to make her experiences as a flight medic applicable to the civilian workforce. IVMF’s funding enabled Julia to complete the basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification bridge course through the ACTS Program for Veterans at Wake Technical Community College. This funding covered everything—tuition, books, travel costs and even childcare vouchers. Not having to worry about costs associated with school and childcare for her four-year old daughter made it possible for Julia to go back to school and complete her EMT certification.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Julia is now employed at a local hospital and in a much better financial position. While her EMT certification is not required for the job, this expertise helped distinguish her from other candidates—and she believes helped her receive the opportunity. Julia remains in the military, serving one weekend a month, and recently began classes in Wake Technical Community College’s paramedics program. Long term, Julia would love to stay in medicine. Once done with the paramedics program, she is considering completing her nursing degree or even becoming a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant.

More about Accenture & IVMF:
We are committed to hiring 5,000 U.S. veterans and military spouses by 2020. In addition, we will support the IVMF at Syracuse University through 2017 to train approximately 3,000 veterans, with more than 1,000 expected to find a job. In fiscal 2015, more than 4,000 veterans and military family members were provided with the skills to get a job or build a business, and more than 1,100 obtained employment as a result of Accenture’s program management and cash grant support. Our funding and pro bono consulting support of more than $1.4 million since 2011 is also enabling IVMF to build capabilities by piloting a coordinated network of private, public and nonprofit resources to offer holistic services that include employment training, housing, health care and the expansion of existing career services initiatives. This deeper collaboration is expected to support durable systemic change and benefit approximately 27,000 veterans and transitioning service members.

" Thanks to IVMF’s program, I came from being unemployed and not in school to being in a much better financial position. I now have a good job, am enrolled in school, and have a firm plan to complete all my goals. It is a complete 180 degree change."

SUMIATI

SUMIATI, INDONESIA
Save the Children


SUMIATI

SUMIATI
INDONESIA


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Save the Children

Life before Skills to Succeed:
A single mother, 20-year-old Sumiati had only a few years of primary school education and struggled to support her daughter. They shared a tiny one-room house with 13 people in one of the most impoverished communities in Bandar Lampung, the capital of Lampung Province in Indonesia.

Skills Built/Support Received:
A local leader in her village encouraged Sumiati to enroll in cooking classes through Skills to Succeed. As a result of the life skills, vocational and entrepreneurship training and coaching, Sumiati not only learned how to cook, but she also gained the entrepreneurial skills she needed to start her own business, achieve financial independence and provide for her daughter.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Now, Sumiati is selling homemade cookies and snacks in her neighborhood, earning a living and providing for her daughter and herself.

More about Accenture & Save the Children:
Over the past five years, Accenture and Save the Children have partnered to skill more than 38,000 disadvantaged youth in a dozen countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines. Our most recent grant will enable Save the Children to secure jobs and self-employment opportunities for an additional 28,000 youth. We are teaming to develop new web-based and mobile training platforms to deliver e-learning, and to strengthen links between trainers, employers and governments to match more young people to available jobs in growth sectors.

" I tried to look for jobs but it was very difficult because of my lack of education. I need to stand on my own two feet. I will not depend on others. Skills to Succeed has helped me achieve financial independence."


AVIVA

AVIVA, US
Girls Who Code


AVIVA WANG

AVIVA WANG
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Girls Who Code

Life before Skills to Succeed:
As the daughter of software engineers, Aviva grew up interested in computer science but had no experience in the field. The summer prior to her senior year of high school in New York City, Aviva applied was accepted into Girls Who Code’s seven-week Summer Immersion Program.

Skills Built/Support Received:
In her first few weeks with Girls Who Code, Aviva learned the fundamentals of computer science, robotics and computer graphics. She learned how to draw and color pictures through JAVA, think about things from the user’s perspective and use technology to problem-solve. As part of her final project she and her team members built their own game to educate teens about the dangers of texting and driving. Over the summer Aviva became more confident not only in her coding but also in her professional skills. Through Girls Who Code she learned to give presentations, network and promote herself.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Following the program Aviva enrolled in Advance Placement Computer Science, and while some students struggled to keep up, her experience with Girls Who Code prepared her for the work. She is now a student at the University of Chicago and knows whatever she does, she will use the skills she learned from Girls Who Code.

More about Accenture & Girls Who Code:
We are working with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology by equipping young women with the skills to pursue technology careers. Accenture hosts Summer Immersion Programs and year-round Girls Who Code Clubs across the United States, offering skills training and exposure to real-world mentorship opportunities in technology. To date, our partnership has helped more than 450 girls gain technology skills, including approximately 100 girls who have participated in our Summer Immersion Programs. Since launching our collaboration with Girls Who Code, Accenture people have volunteered more than 3,300 hours with the organization.

"Girls Who Code taught me that goals are tangible with effort and that it doesn’t matter if you are a woman, you can like technology and be successful in it. You just have to take risks."

" It can be intimidating to pursue coding and technology especially since it is a male-dominated field, but when you meet so many girls who are just as driven as you and professionals you want to emulate, it’s incredible."

DIANA

DIANA, US
Upwardly Global


DIANA SOTO
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Upwardly Global

Life before Skills to Succeed:
As a banking intern supporting the manufacturing sector in Columbia, Diana Soto jumped at the opportunity to relocate to the United States through her company’s sponsorship program. When the internship ended, she took a job as a bank teller. She wanted more, but lacked confidence in her experience and skills to pursue another job.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Upwardly Global prepared Diana for the interview process, helping her highlight her strengths, including her native Spanish. Though she had worked in banking, her background in manufacturing made her an excellent candidate for Accenture Strategy. While her resume was impressive, it was her newfound confidence through Upwardly Global that helped her secure her job with Accenture. Throughout her job search in the US, Accenture remained a top choice for Diana because of the company’s commitment to diversity.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
As a consultant with Accenture Strategy, Diana works with people inside and outside of Accenture every day, from all different cultures and backgrounds. She gives back to Upwardly Global, volunteering her time as a mock interviewer. Outside of work, Diana enjoys sharing her Colombian culture through cooking.

More about Accenture & Upwardly Global:
In the United States, Upwardly Global helps eliminate employment barriers and integrates skilled immigrants into the professional workforce. To help this talent pool better integrate into the US economy, Accenture helped Upwardly Global build its online job training platform, which equips jobseekers anywhere in the US with acculturation, job search and technical skills. Through fiscal 2016, approximately 4,400 job seekers have used the online training created by Accenture, of whom nearly 2,000 have secured professional positions. To date, Accenture has hired 19 Upwardly Global alumni.

" Diversity was the reason I chose Accenture over other employers. People at Accenture are not only used to diversity but embrace it."

ALEXANDRU

ALEXANDRU, US
Upwardly Global


ALEXANDRU BOTNARU

ALEXANDRU BOTNARU
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Upwardly Global

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Alexandru moved to the United States from Moldova, but found it difficult to navigate the US job market. He had more than three years of software development experience in his native country. However, phone interviews, a foreign accent and different resume and interview practices all created challenges that made it difficult for him to obtain interviews and find a job.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Upwardly Global’s training helped Alexandru adjust his resume, write a cover letter, network and prepare to interview for job opportunities in the United States. As a result of Upwardly Global’s preparation and mock interviews, he began receiving more phone calls and real interviews. He also felt more confident in his skills.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Alexandru now works as a software engineer at Accenture, earning three times more than he earned as a mover. He is making plans for the future and enjoys working with professionals, learning from them, solving complex problems, building efficient solutions and providing a great value for customers.

More about Accenture & Upwardly Global:
In the United States, Upwardly Global helps eliminate employment barriers and integrates skilled immigrants into the professional workforce. Over the past two years, we have helped the organization expand their online training program and reach jobseekers outside its original local markets of Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Through fiscal 2016, approximately 4,400 job seekers have used the online training created by Accenture, of whom nearly 2,000 have secured professional positions. To date, Accenture has hired 19 Upwardly Global alumni.

" The training helped bring my knowledge and interview skills to a new level. It gave me the opportunity to continue my career path in information technology and apply my skills. Now I’m earning three times more compared to what I earned as a mover."

LANESHIA

LANESHIA, US
Genesys Works

LANESHIA BOOKER

LANESHIA BOOKER
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Genesys Works

Life before Skills to Succeed:
When Laneshia was a high school freshman, she and her three sisters moved into foster care due to difficulties at home. Laneshia’s behavior and academic performance suffered. She spent days and nights on the streets, and her life was heading in a destructive direction. After months, Laneshia and her sisters moved back with their mom. A supportive teacher encouraged Laneshia to put effort into her school work and then she applied for the Genesys Works program.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Laneshia completed the Genesys Works training program where she gained the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a corporate environment. During her senior year, Genesys Works helped Laneshia obtain an internship at Accenture. Her training and internship exposed her to people of different races, cultures, religions and age groups who all worked together toward a common goal. Through these experiences, she learned first-hand what it is like to work on a global team and in a professional setting. Laneshia also learned the importance of teamwork, deadlines and follow-through. Her Accenture mentor helped her develop time management skills and worked with her to further improve her speaking and writing skills.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Laneshia was the valedictorian of her high school class. She was accepted into several universities and is attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on a full scholarship. Her experiences at Genesys Works and Accenture helped her gain confidence in her abilities to network, build relationships and thrive in a professional environment—enabling Laneshia to realize that a career in the corporate world is within reach. Her goal is to work in finance consulting.

More about Accenture & Genesys Works:
Genesys Works empowers low-income high school students to see themselves as professionals and provides the tools to make this a reality: workplace training, a corporate internship and guidance from high school, through college, and into the workforce. Since 2011, we have provided more than $970,000 in cash, pro bono and volunteer support to Genesys Works. We conducted feasibility studies and a strategic growth plan that created the foundation for Genesys Works’ five-year strategy. The feasibility studies led to the opening of offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, and Washington, DC, and the creation of a replica of Genesys Works’ model in Ireland. The studies also helped Genesys Works increase class sizes, implement a finance track in Chicago, enhance their curriculum and create a program for their alumni. To date, nearly 100 students from Genesys Works have received internships at Accenture.

" Some nights I stay up all night studying and finishing homework, but I still love college. My experience at Accenture has prepared me for the hard work and professionalism that my classes require. I am already ahead of my peers."

MARIA JOANA

MARIA JOANA, BRAZIL
Accenture in the Future


MARIA JOANA SEABRA MELO

MARIA JOANA SEABRA MELO
RECIFE, BRAZIL


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Accenture in the Future

Life before Skills to Succeed:
When Maria Joana was 19, she learned about Conexão through a presentation at school. She had no prior exposure to technology, but decided to take the course on Java programming, and quickly recognized the many opportunities available in the field.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Maria Joana enrolled in one of Conexão’s programming language classes, focusing on Java, and along the way, she received coaching and mentoring from Accenture volunteers. The courses are the result of a partnership between Accenture and the "Rede Cidadã. Since it was launched in Recife in 2013, the program has already trained 136 young people, and more than 300 students are expected to graduate and be ready for the market next year.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Upon graduation, Maria Joana was hired by Accenture as a system analyst, and was recently promoted. And her adventure doesn’t stop there – she is currently pursuing a degree in mathematics and plans to specialize in IT.

More about Accenture & Rede Cidadã / Conexão:
transforming the lives of low income Brazilian youth by providing training in job readiness and entrepreneurial skills. As a demand-led skilling program, designed with outcomes in mind, we are building skills that will result in job placement and long-term career agility. To date, the program has trained more than 340 young people, over 200 of whom have found full-time employment — more than 140 of them at Accenture.

" I had never had any contact with technology, so training was wonderful for me. I could see that the field is broad and has many opportunities."

WILMA

WILMA, US
Upwardly Global



WILMA LONGDON-POKU

WILMA LONGDON-POKU
UNITED STATES


Skills to Succeed Partner:
Upwardly Global

Life before Skills to Succeed:
Wilma left her role as executive director of a nonprofit financial institution in Ghana to live with her husband in Chicago. The first job she was able to land was as a customer service representative at a call center—a role she was overqualified for. Looking work that better leveraged her skills, she reached out to colleagues, family and friends for advice, and ultimately learned about Upwardly Global.

Skills Built/Support Received:
Wilma completed Upwardly Global’s online training and attended in-person sessions where she learned how to update her resume for a US job market, build networking skills, and “sell” her qualifications to employers through mock interviews. In one of her mock interviews, Wilma met an Accenture employee who was so impressed by her that he offered to be a reference. A few weeks later, Wilma was hired by Accenture.

Life after Skills to Succeed:
Wilma now works in a client-facing role, supporting Accenture Strategy. She gives back when she can, volunteering at both Accenture and Upwardly Global events. In the past she has participated in a women’s panel for Upwardly Global participants—hosted by Accenture—where she had the opportunity to speak about her Upwardly Global experience.

More about Accenture & Upwardly Global:
More about Accenture & Upwardly Global: In the United States, Upwardly Global helps eliminate employment barriers and integrates skilled immigrants into the professional workforce. To help this talent pool better integrate into the US economy, Accenture helped Upwardly Global build its online job training platform, which equips jobseekers anywhere in the U.S. with acculturation, job search and technical skills. Through fiscal 2016, approximately 4,400 job seekers have used the online training created by Accenture, of whom nearly 2,000 have secured professional positions. To date, Accenture has hired 19 Upwardly Global alumni.

" Upwardly Global is a superb program for new immigrants. Though coming to a new country and trying to find work can be frustrating, you can’t give up and must use every opportunity available to network and build relationships, since you never know where a connection may lead."

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