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August 20, 2014
Accenture Helps Address Global Youth Unemployment Crisis
By: Accenture Recruitment
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Our Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus addresses the global need for skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity through a variety of initiatives. Among those initiatives is “Movement to Work,” which brings together some of the largest employers in the United Kingdom to provide 100,000 young people with training and work experience. We were proud to shine an even brighter light on the issue of youth employment by playing a prominent role at the annual summits of the G20 Youth Entrepreneur Alliance (G20 YEA) and the Business 20 (B20).

The G20 YEA is a collective of leading organizations representing the G20 countries who view youth entrepreneurship as a driver of economic renewal, job creation, innovation and social change. The B20 leads engagement with G20 governments on behalf of the international business community to help identify practical actions countries can take to support the G20’s growth and employment agenda.

The goal of both summits--which were held in tandem July 17-22 in Sydney, Australia--was to bring leaders from government and the private sector together to establish an action plan to combat record high global youth unemployment rates.A hot topic of conversation during both summits was “The Promise of Digital Entrepreneurs”, a research report Accenture conducted with the G20 YEA. Our research found that young entrepreneurs are the driving force behind job creation in the G20 countries and suggested that if large global companies work together with government and other partners, we can lift barriers to economic growth--such as the shortage of digital skills--and help create 10 million jobs for young people.

Watch Accenture Chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme describe Accenture’s support for the 2014 B20 and the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summits, and tell us what you think business, government and others can do to foster entrepreneurship and job creation for young people. You can also learn more about our research on young entrepreneurs—and the work we do to help entrepreneurs of all ages.

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