London: Accenture and the environmental charity Global Action Plan have announced a two-year collaboration to offer green skills development and practical training to 1,300 young people in the United Kingdom to help enhance their employability.
The initiative reflects Accenture's global 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. It will focus on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those not currently in employment, education or training (NEETs) and will include six-month internships, BTEC qualifications and support to create a sustainability project, which will offer students practical experience while improving their community. The effort aims to give participants valuable work experience, project management skills, personal development and an understanding of how the environment affects their daily lives.
Accenture's UK Foundation will provide £85,000 annually for the green skills program, which will begin this year and will run until 2014. Additionally, the young people will have access to mentoring, peer-to-peer networks and counselling, and volunteers from Accenture will support them through their training.
"As unemployment among 16-24 year olds continues to hit record highs, cross-sector partnerships like the one between Global Action Plan and Accenture are vital in ensuring that young people get into employment and contribute to a better, more sustainable society," said Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan.
"Our Skills to Succeed initiative equips people with the skills they need to get jobs, build businesses and contribute to their communities. Working with Global Action Plan enables us to combine our passion for helping to create growth and employment with our passion for sustainability," said Oliver Benzecry, managing director of Accenture UK and Ireland.