Acronis Foundation was created when Acronis celebrated their 15-year anniversary. The company’s founding principle have a core belief that ‘all evils are caused by insufficient knowledge’. The Acronis Foundation has been funding research, building schools, and supporting communities around the world. Read more at acronis.org.
In 2018, Acronis Foundation worked with the Yellow Ribbon Fund by committing at least S$1 million in cash and services, over the next 10 years, to the YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme. Since launch, YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme managed to organize 2 separate pilot groups, after which 76% of the students managed to secure employment, with 48% of them receiving more than SG$1,500 monthly pay. On June 27th, YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme had another graduation ceremony. The programme offers certified training which include a one-month course on MS Office, master classes on curriculum vitae & email composition, managing job interviews, online training and best practices. This year, the programme will also offer a certified Web Design course. Read more in the press release below.
Acronis and The Yellow Ribbon Fund Help Ex-offenders Get Jobs
Singaporean cyber protection company and corporate citizen reports the results of the first year in a 10-year commitment to provide an IT education to people with prior convictions
SINGAPORE, July 2, 2019 — Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection founded in Singapore is marking a successful pilot year of a joint programme with the Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Acronis Foundation. The programme is aimed at increasing the employability of people with prior convictions by providing them with necessary IT skills which will help them and their families rebuild their lives.
During the first year, Acronis Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon Fund managed to organize 2 separate pilot groups. Several months after the release, 76% of students already secured jobs, with 48% of them receiving more than SG$1,500 per month. The IT skills course aims to make ex-offenders eligible for more qualified jobs where they can grow professionally and develop their skills over time.
On June 27th the team celebrated another graduation ceremony at the Jamiyah halfway house, seeing the next group of ex-offenders finish their studies. The YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme offers certified IT training to prison inmates: a one-month course on MS Office, including master classes on CV and email composition, job interviewing, online training and useful tips. This year the programme will also offer a certified Web Design course.
Singapore has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world and increasing ex-offenders’ employability is one of the best ways to prevent re-offending. The privately held Acronis is doing its part as a corporate citizen by dedicating resources to the Acronis Foundation, a non-profit it established last year to support programs that spread knowledge. The Foundation’s programme with the Yellow Ribbon Fund was among the first initiatives funded.
“The programme’s first year results are inspiring and we’re grateful to our partner and all of the volunteers who contribute their time and effort to help us rebuild these lives of these guys. Our core belief is that knowledge should be available to all and the YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme is the perfect way to turn that belief into action,” commented Serguei Beloussov (SB), Acronis Founder and Executive Officer.
This year the Acronis Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon Fund are planning to scale-up and organize 5 to 6 training groups – a total of up to 90 graduates will complete their training in various halfway houses across the country.
“We’re very grateful to see private Singapore companies like Acronis go the extra mile to help us increase the ex-offenders’ chances of securing better jobs and turning their life around,” said Mrs. Wong Ai Ai, Chairman of the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
When establishing this initiative in 2018 as part of its 15-year anniversary, it embodied the company’s core belief in the ultimate value of knowledge. Acronis put that belief into action by committing at least $1 million in cash and services over the next 10 years to the YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme.
Acronis is proud of its Singaporean roots, which is why the country in which it was founded is still home to its international headquarters. That is also why Acronis is committed to supporting community projects driven by the government and local non-profit organizations.
In addition to its local contributions, Acronis is engaged in a number of similar projects around the world. As of 2019, the company has already built four schools in remote areas in underprivileged countries, including Myanmar, Cambodia, Tanzania and Senegal, which are attended by more than a 1000 kids.
With 11 more schools planned to be opened in the next few years, Acronis continues to contribute and share its expertise with a younger generation through various school and university projects.