Industry: Business & Professional Services Partnership: National Academy Foundation Business Need: Goodwill & Community, Recruiting & Efficiency

KPMG’s partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) began in 2010 as an investment in the NAF finance and accounting curriculum and professional development opportunities for teachers. The relationship has since grown to include KPMG’s involvement in additional NAF career themes and an extraordinary commitment to employee engagement.

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"Our professionals tell us that they are struck by how poised and professional the NAF students are and that they are impressed with how well prepared they are for the business world."
Meghan Bracken, National Director

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The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. NAF is dedicated to preparing young people for college and career success using its proven educational model and envisions a world in which all young people have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to thrive. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. Nearly 5,000 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2013-14 school year 70,000 students attended 565 NAF academies in 177 school districts across 38 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 96% of seniors graduated with 92% planning to attend college.

THE CHALLENGE

KPMG wanted to increase high school graduation rates and better prepare its future workforce to be successful in life, have a long-lasting impact on the communities it serves, and provide valuable volunteering opportunities for its employees.

THE SOLUTION

Partnering with NAF allowed KPMG to enhance the quality of life of its employees, partners and communities and support its commitment to improving public education and workforce readiness. KPMG also found the unique opportunity to reach high school students who have an interest in finance, engineering, and information technology, and uphold its commitment to diversity.

THE OUTCOME

  1. Pipeline to diverse talent in fields of finance, engineering, and information technology
  2. Sustainable volunteer program benefitting the local communities KPMG operates in
  3. Reaffirm commitment to education and workforce readiness

 

Source: National Academy Foundation. Corporate Engagement in Action. 2013.

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