WorldClass initiative

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50 million futures prepared for a world of opportunity

We have a goal of impacting fifty million futures by 2030.

Globally, millions of people are being left behind, unable to fulfil their aspirations and potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. At Deloitte, we believe that we make the greatest societal impact when our professionals use their skills and expertise to help people to develop job skills, improve educational outcomes, and access opportunities to succeed in this new economy. Deloitte’s global WorldClass ambition is to support 50 million people by 2030. By aligning around a common goal and mission, we are focusing our resources and efforts to make a meaningful impact on a shared challenge worldwide.

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See what Deloitte Mexico is doing

Currently in Mexico, many impoverished communities see teenagers seek work rather than continuing to pursue their education. Deloitte Mexico has developed about a scholarship program to help combat this problem and give young people the opportunity they deserve. Hear from those involved and those impacted by this initiative:

See what Deloitte US is doing

The Deloitte US RightStep Program is supporting high school students to get into college. Hear from those involved and those impacted by this initiative:

See what Deloitte United Kingdom is doing

Deloitte UK is helping bridge the digital skills gap in collaboration with Ada, the National College for Digital Skills. Hear from those involved and those impacted by this initiative:

See what Deloitte Canada is doing

Deloitte Canada is providing young people with real-world business experience by supporting JA Company Program. Hear from those involved and those impacted by this initiative:

See what Deloitte Japan is doing

Deloitte Japan activated their people around efforts to rebuild a city, industry, and workforce after the devastating Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. Hear more from those involved and those impacted by this initiative:

See what Deloitte Papua New Guinea is doing

Since 2015, Deloitte Papua New Guinea has worked with the charity Buk Bilong, providing books, kindles, computers and pro bono support to give schoolchildren a fighting chance in a young nation challenged by high levels of poverty and crime. Hear from those involved and those impacted by this initiative:

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As the 4th Industrial Revolution unfolds, leaders across business and government are asking themselves, “How do we prepare?

At Deloitte, we are inspired by the promise of this industrial revolution. Its acceleration of technology and digitisation across all aspects of life present incredible opportunity. We are preparing people, and the organisations they are part of, to be ready for the prosperity and progress it offers.

Our work developing leading-edge business solutions, bringing fresh perspectives to clients, and training the next generation of business leaders is an important first step. It is not enough.

Globally, millions have been left behind, unable to fulfil their aspirations and potential. They lack the education, skills, and training needed. This is causing widening inequality, declining productivity, and rising social tensions.

This is why we have created WorldClass – an organisation-wide initiative that aligns Deloitte’s local efforts around a global ambition. Through WorldClass, we are applying our core skills, experience, and global reach to empower more people through education, skills development, and access to opportunity.

We are committing our most valued asset—our more than 250,000 professionals in firms around the globe—to creating opportunities for those left behind. By collaborating with businesses, government, and educators, together we can transform learning and enable individuals to access the skills they really need to meet future job demands.

Through WorldClass we will prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity. We will make an impact that matters.

In line with the timeframe for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are committed to reaching this target by 2030. WorldClass supports the goals focused on inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning (SDG4), and sustained economic growth and decent work for all (SDG8).

Deloitte member firms around the world are delivering programs and initiatives that support the WorldClass ambition.

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Deloitte Malta provides transitional frameworks for students through Opportunity Deloitte and the Summer Programme

Preparing students of all ages to transition to the professional world remains a challenge gap that Deloitte Malta has been addressing for a number of years through various programmes and sponsorships.

Since 2013, the Summer Programme has been assisting students enrolled in the Pathway Programmes while Opportunity Deloitte seeks to provide career advice and soft skills training to sixth form students.

As of March 2018, Deloitte professionals are volunteering in the JA ‘Economics for Success’ for state school students as ‘Business Facilitators’ in order to provide practical information on personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on one’s skills, interests and values.  

Junior Achievement® (JA) ‘Economics for Success’

JA Malta has introduced progressive programmes which provide entrepreneurship, employability and financial literacy skills to students at all levels. During the pilot year in 2018, the organisation aims to reach 3,000 students.

In the JA ‘Economics for Success’ for state school students as ‘Business Facilitators’ programme, facilitators share their experiences and skills to help students make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.

The Deloitte business facilitators have so far contributed approximately 45 hours (Q1) towards affecting the futures of 125 youths by empowering them to own their economic success.

Summer Programme

The Deloitte Malta Summer Programme was developed in 2013 with the aim of ensuring a better transition from student life to the working world. The programme was created in response to the needs of students who felt that their course required more practical application. Through the programme, students are given the opportunity to work with us during the summer, and are provided with a specially designed, tailormade programme which includes on the job training and job exposure, corporate social responsibility, learning and development, public speaking and a specific module on debating.

Opportunity Deloitte

Following its success in 2014 and 2015, Deloitte continued to execute its Opportunity Deloitte programme for schools across the country. This programme is targeted towards secondary and sixth form students, and is aimed at introducing students to the professional services world by offering career advice and training, and by providing information about the opportunities available within this area. The programme also includes soft skills training, interview techniques training and presentation skills training. Deloitte Malta works hand in hand with stakeholders who play a key role in assisting their students with their career choice.

Throughout the course of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, Opportunity Deloitte was held across various senior schools.

Deloitte UK makes an impact on social mobility

Improving social mobility remains a huge challenge for the UK. Deloitte UK research has shown that students from the least advantaged backgrounds earn, on average, nearly 10 per cent less than their most advantaged peers six months after graduating from the same subject. This social mobility pay gap can go as high as 15 percent, depending on the subject studied. Alongside the research, Deloitte UK has called for action to improve access to education, ensure equality of employment opportunities and equip young people with the skills they need to succeed.

One way Deloitte UK itself is responding is through One Million Futures, a 5-year social impact strategy, launched in June 2016 which aims to support a million people get to where they want to be. The strategy builds on the success of existing education, skills building and social innovation programs delivered by Deloitte UK. Deloitte Access, delivered in collaboration with Teach First, has supported over 12,000 students in low-income communities since 2015 and will continue. Alongside 23 school relationship the strategy also launched new partnerships with 31 charities and social enterprises from across the UK - each selected for their strong local impact and ability to improve education and employability outcomes. Activity with these organisations, combined with a select number of strategic partners has enabled Deloitte UK to reach over 100,000 Futures since the program began.

And it’s not just about Corporate Responsibility activity. Deloitte UK is also beginning to see positive change in areas like hiring, where greater use of contextual information, blind recruitment and better training for interviewers are giving more young people a chance. In 2017, they hired 111 students from low socio-economic backgrounds using these initiatives – equivalent to 6 per cent of annual intake. Deloitte UK also welcomed more than 280 school leavers directly through the BrightStart apprenticeship program. This gives students the chance to gain a government-approved apprenticeship alongside professional qualifications. All of these efforts have been recognized with Deloitte UK ranking in the Top 50 employers in the UK's first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index.

A good start and positive progress with a lot of work still to do to continue to tackle this huge challenge for the UK.

Deloitte US City Year - supporting innovative models to help low-income students persist through high school, college and careers

Today’s youth in low-income communities are far less likely to graduate from high school and college, with the dropout rate of those 16 to 24-years-old soaring at seven times greater than those from families with higher incomes. Since 2009, Deloitte US has invested time, talent and resources to support City Year’s mission to provide data-driven support mechanisms to nearly 200,000 students in high-poverty schools where the risk of dropping out is highest.

Deloitte mentors pair up with students with a view to teach them valuable life lessons such as interpersonal skills, teamwork, leadership, and social responsibility. The program also helps young people develop their confidence and set goals for their future. The program aims to inspire and encourage the students to become optimistic and ambitious in their academic and career pursuits. To date, more than 250 secondary school students have benefited from this program.

The program is also highly recognised by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government and integrated as part of the "Life Buddies Mentoring Program" hosted by the SAR Government. In the school year of 2016, in light of the continuous passion and care, Deloitte "Pass the Torch" Student Mentoring Program has been expanded to cover another school: CCC Mong ManWai College, where we continue to light up the lives of over 100 high school students involved in the program every year.

UNLEASH - Applying innovation labs to the Sustainable Development Goals

As execution and lead innovation partner to UNLEASH 2017, Deloitte helped to convene 1,000 young talents from across the world to identify and realise solutions to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Forty five Deloitte practitioners led four days of Innovation labs, across 10 facilities in Denmark. During the workshops they guided the participants through ideation to prototyping and testing, culminating in presentations of tangible solutions to a panel of potential investors.

Additionally, twelve Deloitte practitioners were chosen through a competitive application process to join the 1,000 UNLEASH participants. These individuals were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to sustainable development, through volunteer and entrepreneurial work.

Deloitte teamed up with UNLEASH, a global non-profit that supports the SDGs, to deliver the UNLEASH Lab 2017. Watch a video about the event here. Each year up to 2030, UNLEASH will select a number of themes around which participants focus their solutions. One of the focus areas in 2017 was Education and ICT, with three solutions awarded to receive further visibility and potential funding for delivery. You can read more about the Education and ICT awardees here.

Deloitte Middle East volunteers provide digital training to youth across the Middle East

Launched in 2012, The Digital Youth Program (DYP) is part of Deloitte Middle East’s commitment to bridge the digital divide that exists in the region, together with non-profit organisations and educational institutions.

The program has donated hundreds of computers between 2014 and 2017 and impacted over 4,000 children in the Middle East. More than 400 Deloitte professionals have engaged in the digital training process, and donated over 650 hours of skills-based volunteerism.

The program was expanded to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. Refugees have used the donated laptops and e-learning software to study for and pass the General Education Development (GED) test. This certification provides greater access to employment opportunities, which is in line with the Deloitte Middle East strategy to equip refugees with employability skills through the DYP and other specialised programs.

The program’s mission is to help children master the basics of reading, science, personal health, math, technology and foreign languages. It provides used Deloitte computers and courseware from the NGO “e-Learning for Kids”. Courses on math, science, and keyboarding are pre-loaded onto the computers. This is supporting essential skills and bridging the digital divide for children in the Middle East with limited or no access to such resources.

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