By Claire West

Environmental charity Global Action Plan, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and the Accenture UK Foundation are announcing a two-year collaboration to offer green skills development and practical training to 1,300 young people in the UK to help build their employability skills.

Global Action Plan and Accenture will collaborate to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those not currently in employment, education or training (NEETs), opportunities to build their skills.

The programme will include six-month internships, BTEC qualifications and support to create a sustainability project, which offers students practical experience, whilst improving their community.

The programme aims to give participants valuable work experience, project management skills, personal development and an understanding of how the environment affects their daily life. The young people will have access to mentoring, peer-to-peer networks and counselling, and volunteers from Accenture will support them through their training.

Accenture will provide £85,000 annually for the green skills programme, which will begin this year and will run until 2014.

“As unemployment among 16-24 year olds continues to hit record highs, cross-sector partnerships like the one between Global Action Plan and Accenture are vital in ensuring that young people get into employment and contribute to a better, more sustainable society,” said Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan.

“Our Skills to Succeed focus equips people with the skills they need to get jobs, build businesses and contribute to their communities. Working with Global Action Plan enables us to combine our passion for helping to create growth and employment with our passion for sustainability,” said Oliver Benzecry, Managing Director of Accenture UK and Ireland.

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