Online learning programmes

We believe that everyone, from those at the start of their employment journey to mid-career workers, should have the opportunity to build the essential skills they need to thrive in a competitive job market. As the world around us develops at a rapid pace with the rise of new technologies, bridging this gap is more important than ever.

Our Skills to Succeed initiative puts technology at the heart of programmes which aim to improve employment and entrepreneurship outcomes at scale. Our free, interactive online learning tools; the Skills to Succeed Academy and Accenture Digital Skills, provide access to training designed specifically to support people with building their skills and confidence, empowering them to enhance their employability and broaden their career prospects.

To find out more, visit the Skills to Succeed Academy Getting Started Guide and Accenture Digital Skills Getting Started Guide.

The need

Technological advancements and new ways of working have rapidly transformed the way people work and live. This has resulted in an increased need to prepare job-seekers with the essential skills required to stay relevant in today's job market.

With overall unemployment rates continuing to rise, greater focus is needed on support for disadvantaged people to build their confidence and skills to apply for jobs or start a business.

763,000

young people over 16 are out of work and not in education annually

11.3M

people lack basic digital skills in the UK alone

32.4%

of people over 50 are unable to find a job for longer than 12 months

76%

of businesses are facing a shortage of digital skills in their workforce

375M

of workers may have to switch occupations or acquire new skills by 2030 due to automation and artificial intelligence

Our approach

The Skills to Succeed online learning programmes aim to address the digital and employability soft skills gap through online training, in line with Accenture’s global Skills to Succeed strategy. To do this we developed two free training tools.

The Skills to Succeed Academy offers 36 bitesize, interactive modules to pick and choose from, preparing jobseekers for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and succeeding in the workplace.

The Academy includes quizzes and innovative simulations, using relatable characters to provide a realistic learning environment. Learners can practice real-life scenarios, such as a job interview, instantly seeing the impact of their responses.

Accenture Digital Skills is a suite of collaborative courses hosted on a social learning platform - FutureLearn, designed to support jobseekers gain the digital skills they need to stand out in today’s job market.

The Digital Skills courses aim to help learners understand the importance of digital skills and its pervasiveness across industries and jobs. Other course topics include the importance of Social Media and Artificial Intelligence.

Through our learning programmes we aim to build the confidence of job seekers, empowering them to take ownership of their career journey, whether they are looking to reskill, change careers, or apply for their first job.

We work together with a network of partner organisations across welfare to work, government, NGOs and education sectors, to expand our reach to disadvantaged communities, helping thousands of job seekers build the necessary skills to thrive.

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The outcomes

The Skills to Succeed Academy is helping to address UK unemployment by empowering job seekers to build their confidence and skills to make career choices and succeed in the workplace.

Accenture Digital Skills plays a key role in educating people to find or create employment within the digital economy and highlights the importance of acquiring and upskilling in digital skills.

78,000+

people in the UK have gained skills through the Skills to Succeed Academy

68.3%

felt more confident and employable after using the Skills to Succeed Academy

108,000

learners have been skilled through Accenture Digital Skills online learning

91.4%

of participants in the Accenture Digital Skills programme rated it positively

Claire's story

"Before I discovered Accenture Digital Skills, I’d never been good with computers. The really good thing about it is, it’s open to all and it’s free. If it’s free you should go for it!"

— CLAIRE

Michelle's story

I’ve always been interested in technology, but I thought my lack of qualifications and experience would mean I’d never get a job. The Skills to Succeed Academy gave me the confidence to fill in my CV with my personal experience and capabilities.
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