August 26, 2011

Accenture Ireland Creates €100,000 Skills to Succeed Fund to Support Partner Groups

Nonprofits focused on skills-building for the socially disadvantaged and long-term unemployed to receive funding

DUBLIN; 25 August, 2011Accenture (NYSE: ACN) Ireland today announced that it has created a €100,000 fund to support its Skills to Succeed initiatives. Monies in the fund will be given to three not-for-profit organizations – Fastrack to IT (FIT), Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) – to support initiatives aimed at re-skilling unemployed or socially disadvantaged individuals so they can enter the workforce.

Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative aims to equip 250,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. The new fund will directly benefit more than 1,350 people through programmes focused on IT, business and general education:

Mark Ryan, country managing director, Accenture Ireland said, “At Accenture, we want to contribute to the regeneration and growth of our communities and the overall economy. Our business strategies therefore include investment in, and collaboration with, community groups that share our skill–building goals. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives by equipping them with the skills to get a job or build a business.”

Carmel Halpin, Corporate Citizenship Lead, Accenture Ireland added, “Supporting these organisations helps bring to life Accenture’s commitment to building skills. This funding is specifically geared toward re-building our economy, with a focus on IT and business. We believe Accenture’s contributions will have a significant impact on the economic well-being of the individuals, their families and communities.”

In Ireland, Accenture also works with Jobcare to help long-term unemployed people gain the skills necessary to find employment through their Employment Preparation Course.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 223,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Its home page is

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