Two-thirds of India’s population is below the national average age of 26 years which means that in the coming decade the country will see its potential workforce touching a billion. The economy will need to create 5 million jobs each month to keep employment rates constant. About 90 percent of the jobs created will be skill based and require vocational training.
Since 2010 our Skills to Succeed initiative in India is empowering youth and women from economically weaker sections and persons with disabilities, who receive training in the skills needed in some high-demand job sectors.
In India, we have identified five sectors that have the maximum potential for employment—business process outsourcing, hospitality and facilities management, retail, construction and micro-enterprise.
We have invested in long-term strategic partnerships with leading non-profits that bring on-the-ground expertise. This has helped our initiatives deliver measurable employment and entrepreneurship outcomes at scale.
Our local Skills to Succeed partners:
Charities Aid Foundation India
Don Bosco Tech Society
Dr. Reddy's Foundation
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
Mann Deshi Foundation
Mahila SEWA Trust
Pratham Education Foundation
Accenture in India has opened a rural community center for women, at Bagepalli in Karnataka to help them develop new skills and improve their employability. The center was inaugurated on August 30, 2016 by Arshad Sayyad, Managing Director, Service Delivery Bangalore, Accenture Operations.
Accenture in partnership with READ India, an NGO that works with rural village communities, will provide training in life and work skills to more than 150 underprivileged women and adolescent girls from 850 village households surrounding Bagepalli. This will include vocational training in sewing, stitching, computer skills, local crafts, along with elementary communication. The center comprises a multimedia and communications room, an IT section for information and communications technology (ICT) learning, a well-stocked library, and women and child empowerment spaces where participants can attend training sessions and undergo medical examinations.
As Accenture in India Chairman, Rekha M. Menon puts it, “The rural development center is an extension of our collaborative work to bring systematic change within a community. The overarching goal is to encourage other nonprofit partners to work together on initiatives that have far-reaching impact and are based on a scalable model with sustainable outcomes.”
Accenture’s Skills to Succeed program in India straddles across three main pillars of nurturing inclusive societies through deep, collaborative skilling partnerships and using our extensive expertise across industries for building capacity and scale into our programs.
India is undergoing an economic transformation. Its predominantly agrarian economy has in the past few decades shifted to industrial and service-oriented sectors. These macroeconomic shifts require large-scale skilling in both urban and rural areas.
At Accenture, we focus on inclusive skilling programs that enable youth, women, Persons with Disabilities (PwD) to create environments that nurture their skills and progress their livelihoods.
Together with our strategic partners, we have made progress on our collective ability to measure outcomes and have gained actionable insights about what is working, to transition skilled people across underserved communities.
Accenture’s expertise in more than 40 industries across 19 industry groups makes us a natural ally to the skilling agenda of both government and non-government organisations.
We partner with our clients across industries, corporate citizenship partners and governments to create replicable, scalable and low-cost, technology-driven solutions that provide skilling solutions at scale.
We draw on the rich consultancy background and technology expertise of our employees to cohesively map methodology, insights and frameworks with technology-driven implementation of our programs with non-profit partners.
Our Skills to Succeed program draws on two of Accenture’s core capabilities: training talent and convening partnerships to achieve tangible, measurable results. Increasingly, we are bringing together our people, our clients, non-profits and others to drive collaboration and maximise our collective impact.
We collaborate with community-based organisations in India who share our passion for building skills and bring rigor and discipline to measuring program outcomes. They are experts at addressing local issues and specialise in helping hard-to-reach young people.
We combine this with pro-bono consulting, cash donations, employee volunteering and fundraising to create outcome-focused and sustainable programs.
At Accenture, we are passionate about improving the way the world works and lives. Our Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative is central to this vision and reflects our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. At the heart of Skills to Succeed are the individuals whose lives are transformed by gaining the skills to get a job or build a business.
Today, Skills to Succeed is a singular, globally integrated initiative, and its momentum continues to build with distinct programs across our geographies, in both mature and emerging markets.
In India, by building the nation’s skilled resource base, Accenture is addressing one of the most pressing needs of a developing country. Individual employees participate in nation building by lending time, expertise and money.
Making a measurable impact in the communities in which we live and work is at the heart of Accenture's corporate citizenship efforts. We have released Corporate Citizenship Review for FY15 where we reflect on fiscal 2015 across the five pillars of our corporate citizenship reporting strategy: Corporate Governance, Skills to Succeed, Environment, Supply Chain and Our People.