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Accenture Provides Grant for Youth in Thailand and Indonesia
Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded Plan International, a global children and youth development organization, a new grant of $3.65 million to equip youth in Thailand and Indonesia with skills. The award is a part of Accenture's global corporate citizenship initiative known as "Skills to Succeed."
The grant will be distributed over a three-year period, and will be used to provide technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills to about 7,100 disadvantaged young adults in the two Asian countries. These skills will help the youth obtain employment or run their own business. With this grant, Accenture's direct financial support for Plan International goes up to $5.5 million since 2011.
The Skills to Succeed program of Accenture aims to equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015, which can help them gain employment or build a business. The current grant to Plan International will improve its ability to provide productive support to marginalized youth in terms of skills build-up as well as necessary assistance to gain employment.
Adrian Lajtha, Chief Leadership Officer at Accenture, says: "Supporting Plan International helps bring to life Accenture's commitment to building skills. We share Plan's commitment to making a lasting impact on the economic well-being of individuals and their communities by connecting young people with programs and skills that will enable them to be successful."
Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan International echoes a similar sentiment: "Despite the rapidly growing economies of both Thailand and Indonesia, many young people continue to enter the job market lacking relevant skills and experience. Accenture and Plan are working together to help ensure that young people have the skills and support to actively participate and share in the benefits of these growing nations."