By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
This new initative launched by Accenture and Ashoka provides skills training to unemployed and underemployed individuals and helps place them in jobs. In 2015 alone, there are plans to help 3,500 people looking for work. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture is equipping more than 700,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. Following are some email responses to our questions about TGI and how it works from Accenture.
Can we get a brief overview of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed?
Accenture launched Skills to Succeed in 2009 to address the global need for skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity. It addresses this need by drawing on two of Accenture’s unique capabilities: training talent and convening powerful partnerships to develop collaborative solutions. Together with our strategic partners, we are equipping more than 700,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business.
Skills to Succeed engages and inspires our clients, recruits, strategic partners and the people whose lives we change and, behind each step we take toward our Skills to Succeed goal, there is a story of one person whose life is changed by gaining these skills.
What is this latest Talent Growth Initiative (TGI)?
Across the United States, millions of jobs remain unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills. As a result, millions of Americans struggle to find employment. To address these issues we teamed with Ashoka to develop the Talent Growth Initiative (TGI) which not only provides skills training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, it helps place them in jobs. TGI is part of Skills to Succeed and is funded, in part, by more than $4 million in grants and pro-bono support from Accenture and the Accenture Foundations. Through TGI we will provide skills training to 5,800 unemployed and underemployed individuals and place 3,500 of them in jobs in 2015.
How will it work?
TGI is unique. It mobilizes partnerships with job training and placement organizations – such as Upwardly Global, I-LEAD, Per Scholas, ScriptEd, The Scholarship Academy and LeadersUp – that focus on up-skilling individuals and placing them with employers who identify open positions that require specific skills. Through TGI we are actively working with Ashoka to equip individuals with professional and technical skills to get a job as well as provide them with leadership, teamwork and negotiation training. We’re also providing pro-bono consulting services to these job-training organizations to strengthen career pathways for workers and ensure they complete their up-skilling/education and successfully transition into employment.
What are the other takeaways from this announcement?
Overall, TGI is helping to address the skills gap by convening innovative cross-sector partnerships. This initiative provides a more sustainable career track for job seekers and creates a new pipeline of qualified and diverse talent for employers.
What’s in the future?
TGI is currently providing significant seed capital and pro-bono strategy support to our job training and placement partners. This will help grow their impact well beyond the first year as they develop the capacity to equip more people with skills and place more of them in good jobs. TGI has already laid the groundwork for a scalable approach to workforce development, and our aim is to advance this approach.