Save the Children has raised donations of US$3.2 million for projects that create job skills training and placement opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk young people in Vietnam, China and Bangladesh.
The NGO was granted the donation from Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company and Accenture Foundations as part Accenture’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative.
This grant brings Accenture’s direct support to more than US$ 5.7 million since 2010, Save the Children said in a statement on May 30.
Skills to Succeed is expected to equip 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
With the two-year grant, Save the Children is expected to increase the employability of nearly 27,000 young people by delivering market-relevant vocational, work readiness and life skills and entrepreneurship training.
Additionally, the grant aims to strengthen linkages between trainers, employers and government to ensure demand-driven training and job placement opportunities, the organization said.
“Through our partnership with Save the Children, we have seen positive change and the lasting impact of equipping young people with the skills to find a job,” said Jill Huntley, managing director Accenture’s Global Corporate Citizenship.
According to Save the Children, in addition to skills training, the grant will enable to increase both the scale and impact of its ongoing Skills to Succeed projects through the production of knowledge tools and assets.
“With Accenture’s help, we have already seen changes in the lives of youth who were trained through our efforts to date in China, Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines. Some young people have started their own trades like hat making and baking, while others have found jobs in industries like tourism and call centers,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.
“This initiative is changing the future for young people who traditionally have had few options and helping to address extensive unemployment for youth globally.”
Vietnam will receive more than US$677,800 of the total grant funds to support job skills training and placement opportunities for 1,900 young people in Da Nang and Can Tho.
The priority will be given to low-income, unskilled or street youth, as well as laborers and migrants, according to Save the Children.
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