Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced a commitment of $125 million over five years to help 25,000 Black and Latinx college students begin their careers.
As part of the firm’s renewed Access Your Potential initiative, the commitment will provide students with access to digital and career readiness training, mentorship and other pathways to begin long-term careers. PwC plans to hire 10,000 students through the program itself.
“This commitment starts with our purpose,” said the firm. “Within our communities, we are focused on taking action to reduce the barriers to opportunity, especially for Black and Latinx individuals, by focusing our resources on efforts that lead to stable employment with rising incomes, and giving access to technology upskilling to prepare individuals for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
The plan will include introducing students to skills such as automation, visualization and data-driven storytelling. As students enter the workforce. PwC will provide further resources and mentoring to help with their careers.
The firm also plans to provide a platform that will connect students to employers, encouraging business leaders to recruit diverse candidates to expand their talent pool.
PwC US chairman Tim Ryan previously started the CEO Action initative to advance diversity in the workplace. PwC plans to hire 10,000 Black and Latinx students by 2026.
More information is availale on PwC’s site here.