Closing the opportunity, education and skills gap in our communities by empowering educators and inspiring students.
When those who have the will to succeed are held back by limited resources, it undermines the ability of individuals, enterprises, communities, and nations to advance and thrive.
Income inequality in the US is greater than in any other major developed nation, putting the country’s overall economic growth at risk. Underserved populations are challenged with adapting to rapid changes with limited resources, including the use of emerging technologies in the workplace and the rising cost of education. This lack of equality – generations in the making –can lead to job loss, fewer opportunities and financial insecurity, which results in less stable communities.
Inequality is not just a social issue, it is a business issue. Business cannot meet its potential where communities are failing.
PwC is investing $320 million to support underserved populations in building their careers and their financial capability and technology skills so they can thrive in today’s challenging marketplace.
Building on Earn Your Future®, PwC’s Access Your Potential™ focuses on strengthening financial capability and technology skills of underserved populations so they are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Many within the US workforce are underprepared for the growing digital marketplace, lacking the skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. This is especially relevant for underserved populations who may struggle to tap into those skills and opportunities.
More than 50% of today's jobs require some degree of technological skills, and experts believe that number will raise to 77% in the coming decade.
Americans have accumulated more than $1.4 trillion in student debt, with low-income and minority communities being disproportionately impacted.
Source: The Federal Reserve
From understanding how to finance your secondary education, to buying a car, to saving for retirement, many people struggle with their financial health. Finding ways to scale financial education is critical to building a more secure future.