Accenture awards NetHope US$1.4 million to expand IT training academy
Additional $250,000 grant will help build NetHope Humanitarian Cloud. Accenture awards NetHope US$1.4 million to expand IT training academy

Fuente:  Fecha:  29.09.2011

NEW YORK -- Accenture and NetHope announced that Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded NetHope US$1.4 million to expand its NetHope Academy, which provides computer science graduates with internships and on-the-job information technology (IT) skills so they can find work in the IT sector.

With the two-year grant, the NetHope Academy will provide interns in Haiti and the Dominican Republic with real-world IT work experience and practical education needed by employers working in the developing world. The initiative will develop a replicable training and IT internship program, including a curriculum and learning management system, for select universities and will include a "train the trainers" component. Based on these efforts, the NetHope Academy will train 1,000 interns in three years.

The award, which consists of cash as well as the time and skills of Accenture employees, reflects Accenture's global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which aims to equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.

"Supporting NetHope helps bring to life Accenture's commitment to building skills," said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture. "NetHope is proving it's possible to make a significant, lasting impact on the economic well-being of individuals and their communities through IT training and connecting people with the right job opportunities. We are impressed with NetHope's achievements and believe it's important to expand those efforts."

Accenture also announced that it is supporting NetHope with $250,000 in cash and time and skills to help design and develop an innovative suite of cloud-based services that will provide affordable, accessible tools for NetHope's member organizations and their end beneficiaries. Through programs such as natural resource management and emergency response, as well as back-office services such as procurement and human resources, the "Humanitarian & Development Assistance Services Cloud" will serve farmers, doctors and nurses across the international development sector, as well as teachers and students at the NetHope Academy.

Accenture's Technology growth platform and Accenture Development Partnerships, which employs an innovative not-for-profit business model that makes Accenture's skills and capabilities accessible to the development sector, will look to leverage Accenture's extensive cloud computing assets to accelerate delivery for NetHope.

"We are delighted Accenture decided to extend the partnership with NetHope," said Frank Schott, senior global program director with NetHope. "This will help us reach computer literate young people who lack access to the practical training needed to make them viable applicants for professional IT jobs such as working on IT help desks and being network administrators or telecommunications specialists."