Accenture has expanded its IT education program to St. Louis in the US state of Missouri, with the aim of helping young graduates in poor communities find new career paths.
The unemployed, or people whose job has the potential to be automated, will be taught the skills required by the information technology industry, the IT consultancy stated in a press release.
Around 45% of jobs in the US county are facing the threat of automation, Accenture stated, citing a recent study by the Brookings Institute.
Accenture will work alongside the overseeing the Promise Zone, an initiative launched by the Obama administration, to foster education and economic activity in poor communities across the US.
“Professional apprenticeships can play an important role in creating opportunities for individuals who might not otherwise have access to digital economy jobs, while helping to close the skills gap for employers,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s CEO for North America.
“People are this city’s greatest source of competitive advantage, and together with the St. Louis Promise Zone and our skilling partners, we are helping make St. Louis, its people and its economy stronger.”
Many business corporations and government agencies– including CyberUp, Family and Workforce Centers of America, LaunchCode, NPower, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), and St. Louis County Human Services – have agreed to partner with Accenture for the apprenticeship program dubbed “My Path, My Future”.
Ride-hailing app Lyft, for example, has signed on to provide transportation for individuals participating in the program.
Accenture runs similar programs across the US, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. By the end of this year, around 450 people will have been trained, the IT consultancy stated.