By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4com
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Junior Achievement (JA) today announced that Accenture has awarded Junior Achievement a grant of US$1.1 million to help the organization develop a new work readiness program that will enable high school students across the United States to gain the skills necessary to secure employment and build a career plan. During its first year of implementation, the program is expected to reach approximately 85,000 students.
Michael Scimo, North American human capital and diversity lead, Accenture commented:
“Students who participate in this program will gain vital career and life skills, including problem solving, critical thinking and conflict management,” he said. “We share Junior Achievement’s commitment to educating young people and giving them the skills to connect to the workforce in a meaningful way.”
“As our country looks for ways to drive economic growth, ensuring that our young people are well-prepared to succeed in the workforce becomes increasingly important,” Jack E. Kosakowski, Junior Achievement USA’s president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to providing this new curriculum to students, and are grateful for Accenture’s support.”
The award, which consists of cash as well as the time and skills of Accenture employees, reflects Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed
, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The new curriculum will combine career exploration and work readiness skills through hands-on, interactive program activities, including a new technology platform to reach students in both the classroom and remotely more effectively.