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1 Introduction to Military Families Skills to Success (MFS2S)

2 Corporate Citizen Program  Accenture has a long history of community involvement, working with NPO’s around the world to make sustainable difference to the long term economic vitality of individuals and communities. Accenture’s focus is on building the skills that open doors to employment; a need that resonates with Accenture as a talent-based company where training and developing people to reach higher levels of performance is a key competency. Skills to Succeed  In 2009, Accenture launched Skills to Succeed – a global initiative focused on building skills that enable people to participate in the economy  Accenture’s goal was to equip 250,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. This was achieved in 2012 and the bar was raised.  Accenture is now committed to equipping 700,000 people globally by 2015 through Skills to Succeed program. Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Program 2

3 Discussion between Accenture and CFMWS In discussion with Commodore Watson, discussion was had regarding where the CAF could use help from community partners. There has been a lot of focus on supporting military and their transition but there was still a need to tackle the challenges of spousal employment. Introduction from MFS to MFRC-NCR Discussion with NCR to identify the key gaps, barriers and challenges for CAF families residing in the NCR. Ombudsman Report The latest report outlines many of the challenges faced by military families, including career and employment disruptions. “Another flagged concern was that frequent relocations make it difficult, if not impossible, for spouses of CAF members to find and sustain reasonable, gainful and continuous employment. Many spouses experience periods of unemployment or under-employment; most reported frustration at having to make most, if not all, of the professional compromises.” Background to the MFS2S program 3

4  To develop core skills for military family member that will improve employment outcomes  To explore career choices that can grow and thrive in the military lifestyle and context  To investigate career and business opportunities that can be built up and be portable enough to move with postings  To develop and foster a program that will develop networks and support for military families seeking full careers  Future plans to develop the program to be offered nationally, in both official languages as well as in a virtual format. MFS2S Goals 4

5 Workshop Program  Interactive workshop format with one-on-one time with Accenture volunteers to assess career goals and develop key skills  Information session aimed at exploring career options that can be adopted to the lifestyle of continuous postings Skills to Succeed – As of June 2014  Beyond the Basics: resume writing  Successful Interviewing Techniques: “speed interviewing”  Employment for the Future: virtual assistant and virtual employment  Be your own Boss: business proposals, home based business  Virtual Working Environment: using virtual and social media to find meaningful employment MFS2S Program Overview 5

6 1 ½ cups of Patience 1 cup of Courage ¾ cup Tolerance 1 pound of Ability Dash of Adventure To the above ingredients: Add 2 tablespoons of elbow grease and let stand for one year. Marinate frequently with salty tears. Pour off excess fat and sprinkle ever so lightly with money then knead dough until payday. Season with international spices. Bake 20 years or until done. Makes unlimited servings. Serve with Pride. Recipe for the Military Spouse 6

7 ? Wrap-Up/Questions & Answers 7

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