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Accenture grants Plan an additional US$3.65 million to train young people for employment

7 September 2012: Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and the Accenture Foundations have awarded Plan International an additional grant of US$3.65 million to train over 7,000 young people in Thailand and Indonesia for employment.

This grant – to be distributed over a 3-year period - brings Accenture’s direct support to Plan to more than $5.5 million since 2011. The grant will help Plan to strengthen its efforts to provide underprivileged young people with vocational and entrepreneurship training as well as the job placement support necessary to find employment.

Skills to Succeed

Accenture’s grant is part of its global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which aims to equip 250,000 people for work around the world by 2015.

“Supporting Plan International helps bring to life Accenture’s commitment to building skills,” said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture.

“We share Plan’s commitment to making a lasting impact on the economic well-being of individuals and their communities by connecting young people with programmes and skills that will enable them to be successful.”

Skills training and employability programmes for young people will target industries such as information technology, customer relations and business process outsourcing where local demand for jobs is high.

Sharing benefits

Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan International, said:  “Despite the rapidly growing economies of both Thailand and Indonesia, many young people continue to enter the job market lacking relevant skills and experience.”

“Accenture and Plan are working together to help ensure that young people have the skills and support to actively participate and share in the benefits of these growing nations.”

The 2-year scheme will bridge the gap between job supply and demand by matching disadvantaged young people with local opportunities through networks of employers.

More than 3,500 disadvantaged young people in India and Vietnam are already receiving training for employment under the ongoing partnership.

About Plan International

Founded 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. Plan works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2011 alone, Plan worked with 58,000 communities and reached over 56 million children.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 249,000 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$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011.

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Davinder Kumar
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Plan International Headquarters, United Kingdom
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Nopporn Wong-Anan
Regional Media Specialist
Plan Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
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Email: nopporn.wong-anan@plan-international.org