Accenture Grants Quest Alliance India an Additional US$623,000 to Equip Disadvantaged Young People with Career Readiness Skills

  Accenture Grants Quest Alliance India an Additional US$623,000 to Equip
  Disadvantaged Young People with Career Readiness Skills

Award reflects Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to
                                   Succeed

Business Wire

BANGALORE, India -- February 12, 2013

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Quest Alliance India today announced that Accenture
and the Accenture Foundations have awarded Quest Alliance India an additional
grant of US$623,000 to help the organization provide approximately 3,000
disadvantaged young people with career and workplace skills. The grant brings
Accenture’s direct support to Quest Alliance India to more than US$950,000
since 2009.

The award reflects Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills
to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the
skills to get a job or build a business. The grant, which consists of cash as
well as the time and skills of Accenture employees, will allow Quest Alliance
India to work with nonprofit vocational training partners to develop and
implement a blended learning curriculum in English and workplace
readiness.The curriculum, which will combine face-to-face classroom
instruction with computer-mediated activities, will focus on retail customer
interaction skills.

“Supporting Quest Alliance India helps exemplify Accenture’s commitment to
building skills and improving the communities in which we live and work,” said
Jill Huntley, managing director of corporate citizenship at Accenture. “Quest
is proving it’s possible to develop replicable and scalable programs that
teach crucial job skills and help disadvantaged young people.”

“India’s workforce is quite young and in need of formal training so we are
constantly seeking ways to provide disadvantaged young people with the skills
necessary to find long-term employment and to provide for themselves and their
families,” said Aakash Sethi, founder and executive director of Quest
Alliance. “Working with Accenture and leveraging their technology and skills
has allowed us to enhance the capacity and quality of our training
significantly.”

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 259,000 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$25.5billion for the
fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011.Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About Quest Alliance

QUEST Alliance was founded in the year 2005 as a program of the International
Youth Foundation (IYF), financially supported by the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) to help educators and educational
institutions drive the use of technology in teaching and learning. QUEST
Alliance works towards providing disadvantaged learners, age 16-25, a set of
real-world skills along with opportunities to build confidence in a fun and
engaging way that prepares them for work and life. It brings together rigorous
research, interdisciplinary partnerships and use technology as a channel for
curriculum delivery while keeping the student at the center of the learning
journey. Till date its programs have reached over 50,000 learners and 800
educators in 7 states of India. To learn more visit
http://www.questalliance.net/

Contact:

Media:
Quest Alliance
Abhijeet Mehta, + 91-98803-30381
abhijeet@questalliance.net
or
Accenture
Caitlin Storhaug, + 415-537-5458
caitlin.storhaug@accenture.com
 
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