Friday 23 June 2017

Accenture aiming to help 10,000 young people develop job and entrepreneurial skills

Accenture Ireland has launched a new initiative aiming to help 10,000 young people develop job and entrepreneurial skills
Accenture Ireland has launched a new initiative aiming to help 10,000 young people develop job and entrepreneurial skills

Ellie Donnelly

Professional services company Accenture has launched its ‘Skills to Succeed Academy’ which aims to equip 10,000 young people by helping them gain the skills to get a job or build a business.

Launched in partnership with the Department of Social Protection, the academy is a free, interactive online training programme, developed to give those aged 15-24 the skills and confidence to own their career development.

“The ‘Skills to Succeed Academy’ is an excellent example of the public, private and charity sectors coming together to help young people develop a career or start a business. It’s about giving people a helping hand to make the most of the many opportunities out there,” Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said.

The academy delivers an online learning programme through a number of local employment support bodies who have come together with Accenture Ireland as delivery partners.

Partners involved in the programme included the Department of Social Protection, FIT (Fast Track To IT), Eco Unesco, Jobcare, An Cosán, Junior Achievement, Careers Portal and Business in the Community Ireland.

The programme uses virtual coaches, gamification and simulations to help users navigate their career paths while equipping them with skills they need to find long-term employment - for example, tailoring CVs to job opportunities, honing interview techniques and understanding what is required to stay employed.

In announcing the initiative, Accenture Ireland confirmed that the academy is based on the Irish education system, and includes support resources relevant to the local job market.

“By bringing together the best of technology and training from across Accenture and our partners, we have built an online system to help young people get a job and sustain long-term employment,” Alastair Blair, country managing director at Accenture Ireland said.

The online learning programme is available at at www.s2sacademy.ie

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