Accenture recently achieved a significant milestone by providing more than 100,000 employees globally with a world-class technology education developed through a 10-year collaboration with MIT Professional Education, the professional education arm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Established in 2006, the Accenture Technology Academy (ATA) was created to equip employees with the skills needed to deliver leading technology services for clients, and to date, Accenture employees around the world have received more than 16 million hours of MIT education through the program.
“The Accenture Technology Academy has been a cornerstone of our enduring relationship with MIT over the past decade,” said Bhaskar Ghosh group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “Accenture is committed to investing in our people, and our relationship with MIT enables us to educate and grow our talent so we can differentiate ourselves. Our mission is to help our clients achieve business outcomes through new liquid strategies, and our focus is on new IT such as digital, cloud and security. We’re also expanding our capabilities to innovate in fast-growing areas like block chain and artificial intelligence.”
Over the past decade, Accenture invested in the Accenture Technology Academy to provide employees with access to MIT research, knowledge and expertise through advanced training programs. Drawing on the expertise of MIT faculty, the ATA is designed to arm employees with advanced professional and technology strategies, approaches and skills; it is comprised of two distinct components:
A certification program – Four different certifications have been available to employees over the past 10 years: application developer, designer, tester and test designer. Accenture is preparing to launch 10 new certificate programs in several areas including: agile, artificial intelligence, cloud, data science, design thinking, DevOps, Internet of Things, mobile, security, and web essentials. When in-person training sessions aren’t possible, the sessions can be conducted via Accenture Connected Learning classrooms in 72 locations around the globe.
Lectures and online videos, podcasts, and learning boards – Each person in Accenture’s global workforce has an opportunity to learn from MIT faculty through in-person lectures and online videos, podcasts, and learning boards. Many new online training courses are now available on a variety of topics including: artificial intelligence, micro-services and DevOps, security, next-generation cloud, and the Internet of things.
“Accenture’s 10-year relationship with MIT began with the Accenture Technology Academy and grew to encompass additional valuable programs that involve research, thought leadership, and the development of innovative business concepts for our clients,” said Sanjeev Vohra, managing director and business sponsor for MIT, Accenture Technology Services. “Today, as we collaborate with several entities across MIT, we are steadfastly focused on learning, research and recruiting to spur innovation for both organizations, providing our employees with valuable opportunities, and delivering better business outcomes for our clients.”