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Accenture invests $200m in education, training and skills initiatives

Effort supports the Middle East with projects across the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Accenture invests $200m in education, training and skills initiatives
Boulos says the commitment is fueled by Accenture's belief in playing an active role in the development of young people.

Global professional services company Accenture, is committing more than $200m over the next three years to help equip people around the world with job skills for the digital age. Several countries across the Middle East will benefit from this commitment including the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

According to the company, the imvestment is part of strategy to support its vision to improve the way the world works and people live.

Omar Boulos, regional managing director of Accenture Middle East and Turkey said: "This significant commitment is fueled by our belief in the importance of playing an active role in the development of young people. While we know that there is no shortage of budding talent in the region, without the proper support, our youth will not get the chance to reach their true potential."

With this in mind, Boulos added that Accenture supports local organisations to considerably increase employment opportunities and develop the skills needed for success.

Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO, Accenture, added that: "As a technology leader, we have an obligation to apply new scalable technology solutions to help solve complex societal challenges. Our investments will continue to empower Accenture to produce socially minded partnerships and programs that will have a profound impact on the lives of millions of people throughout the world, now and for the future."

Accenture said its commitment will help support Skills to Succeed, Tech4Good, Accenture Development Partnerships and related Accenture initiatives.

The company said the Skills to Succeed initiative advances employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, leveraging digital innovation to help close employment gaps at scale.

Together with a network of nonprofits and other ecosystem partners, Accenture has since 2010 equipped more than 2.2m people with the skills to get a job or build a business, with a goal of equipping a total of more than 3m people by 2020.

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