Skills to Succeed

We are equipping more than 3 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business.


Skills to Succeed equips people with the skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity.

It draws on two of Accenture’s unique capabilities: training talent and convening powerful partnerships to achieve tangible, measurable results.

By the end of fiscal 2020, together with our strategic partners, we will pursue the following targets:

  • Demand-led skilling: Equip more than 3 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business.

  • Employment and entrepreneurship outcomes: Increase our focus on the successful transition from skill-building programs to sustainable jobs and businesses, and improve our collective ability to measure and report on these outcomes.

  • Collaboration for systemic change: Bring together organizations across sectors to create large-scale, lasting solutions aimed at closing global employment gaps.



In today’s climate of constant change and volatility, building a resilient workforce is more important than ever. According to the International Labor Organization, more than 200 million people are currently unemployed worldwide, including more than 70 million young people. To keep unemployment from rising even higher, an additional 280 million jobs must be created in the next five years.

Having the right skills to open doors to meaningful, lasting employment or business ownership is critical. We launched Skills to Succeed in 2009 to address this need and to advance employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in markets around the world.


Although Skills to Succeed is focused on reaching millions and effecting global change, behind the numbers lies the heart of this initiative: the individuals whose lives are transformed by gaining the skills to get a job or build a business. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals and to help them drive improved economic opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.


Our impact cascades into the wider communities of the beneficiaries and creates lasting change. Families and employees of Skills to Succeed beneficiaries experience improved economic opportunity, including job creation through entrepreneurship. Take a moment to explore our interactive map to learn more about our strategic partners, Skills to Succeed beneficiaries and our employees who are working to make a measurable impact each day.


Convening partnerships is central to our Skills to Succeed approach.

We recognize that no single organization can adequately address the issues of employment and entrepreneurship. It takes collaboration, working across an ecosystem that includes our clients, nonprofit partners, government agencies, and other donors, to create meaningful work, lasting change and sustainable economic growth for millions of people worldwide. 

For example, we are the private-sector founding partner of Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition launched in 2014 in collaboration with the World Bank Group, International Youth Foundation, the RAND Corporation and our nonprofit partners Plan International and Youth Business International. Together, we are convening governments, businesses and civil society to identify new insights and scale proven solutions for increasing the number of young people engaged in productive work.

Read about some of our other cross-sector, collaborative partnerships in the 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report.


Our people are the driving force behind our Skills to Succeed initiative, and it is an enormous source of pride for them. They share their time, skills and counsel by volunteering and providing pro-bono services for activities such as conducting soft skills workshops for job seekers, creating new technology solutions for skills training, implementing new technology platforms for our nonprofit partners, and providing long-term mentoring support for entrepreneurs.

Last year, our people participated in nearly 600,000 hours of Accenture-sponsored corporate citizenship programs.

“The KIPP volunteer event was a fantastic opportunity to help college students find a career they are passionate about and create concrete steps to pursue it. It was gratifying to see the students come away with defined goals that would bring them to their chosen fields.”

Felix Huang
Accenture, US

Read how we help employees maximize the impact of their personal contributions in our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report.


Since its inception, Accenture and its people have demonstrated the Accenture Way with their generosity and compassion for individuals and communities in need and have partnered with relief agencies not only in the immediate aftermath of humanitarian disasters, but also in longer-term reconstruction efforts.

Further, as part of our Skills to Succeed focus, we look for opportunities where we can help make a sustainable difference to the long-term economic vitality and resilience of individuals, families and communities around the world.



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