Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed” initiative supports Leonard Cheshire Disability’s “Access to Livelihoods” program, which builds the skills and confidence of persons with disabilities globally. Access to Livelihoods provided the resources and training necessary for Ntombifuthi Dhlamini, a single mother of two young children in Johannesburg to gain lasting employment after a disability made it painful to work at a physically demanding job.
To date, Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed” corporate citizenship initiative has reached more than 1.2 million people and is on track to improve the skills of more than 3 million people by the end of 2020. Behind the numbers lies the heart of this initiative: the individuals whose lives are transformed by gaining the skills to get a job or create their own businesses.
“Skills to Succeed” was indeed transformative for Ntombifuthi Dhlamini, a single mother of two young children in Johannesburg, South Africa, who was unemployed due to a disability that made it painful to work at a physically demanding job. Eager to find full-time employment, Ntombifuthi found a solution in Leonard Cheshire Disability’s “Access to Livelihoods” programme.
Developed in 2008 with the support of Accenture, “Access to Livelihoods” builds the skills and confidence of persons with disabilities globally, while challenging perceptions of persons with disabilities in the workplace. “Access to Livelihoods” assessed Ntombifuthi’s abilities and strengths, and provided her with the training to secure an administrative position at a freight logistics company.
Ntombifuthi says, “As a single mom with a physical disability, I struggled to find work. Now I have a job I love and can support my family. It has changed my life completely.”
Accenture and the “Access to Livelihoods” programme have helped more than 8,000 people secure employment in sectors including Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing. By 2018, the programme will bring skills training to an additional 13,000 people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Read more about Accenture’s persons with disabilities initiatives and partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability in the company’s 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report.