October 17, 2018
Press release

Acronis Congratulates First Graduates of the Yellow Ribbon Fund – Acronis IT Skills Programme in Singapore

The first group of 15 students have been awarded with the recognisable certificates and are ready to assimilate back into society

Singapore, 17 October 2018- Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud solutions currently celebrating its 15-year anniversary,congratulates the first group of the Yellow Ribbon Fund-Acronis IT Skills Programme on the successful completion of their IT training course.

The IT Skills Programme is a joint effort between the Acronis Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon Fund. The partnership embodies the core belief in the ultimate value of knowledge - a belief on which Acronis was built.

Fifteen residents of the Jamiyah Halfway House graduated with the recognisable WSQ ICDL certificate. The program included Microsoft Office training, business communication and HR master classes, which will enable them to seek for employment after the release.

Acronis Foundation was established in 2018 to celebrate the 15 years since Acronis was founded in Singapore. The Foundation has committed $1 million in both cash and services over the next ten years to provide such education and training, helpingex-offenders acquire essential computer skills to increase their employability.

The decade-long partnership combines the best efforts and expertise from both Acronis and the Yellow Ribbon Fund to increase literacy skills of ex-offenders.

The graduation ceremony took place at the Jamiyah Halfway House and was attended by Vladimir Zatsepin, Vice President and Head of Singapore R&D at Acronis.

"Acronis Foundation is proud to support our local community. Today we have great results of our joint effort with the Yellow Ribbon Fund. We wish the new graduates great success in rebuilding their lives. We'll continue to support the program for the benefit of our country," Zatsepin said.

"We're incredibly grateful to partners like Acronis, SCORE and Yellow Ribbon Fund for such initiatives - this programme doesn't just equip ex-offenders with the necessary IT skills but also builds up their confidence and, by involving their families, it also gives them a strong motivation to do their best" said President, Jamiyah Singapore, Dr Mohd Hasbi Abu Bakar.

Acronis Foundation

The non-profit foundation was created in honor of Acronis' 15-year anniversary and the company's founding principle that all evils are caused by insufficient knowledge. The Acronis Foundation supports multiple initiatives around the world that are designed to stimulate education in order to gain and protect knowledge.Constant learning, creating and protecting knowledge, and advancing technology are integral parts of Acronis' DNA. As a result, Acronis has been creating and sharing knowledge by funding research, building schools, and supporting communities around the world.

About Yellow Ribbon Fund

Launched in 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Fund is the first and only national charity dedicated to funding, developing and implementing reintegration programmes for inmates and ex-offenders, and family support programmes to strengthen their family ties.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund was granted Institute of Public Character (IPC) status since August 2004. Its Charity Registration Number (UEN) is T04CC1808H.

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 45 locations across the globe. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at www.acronis.com.
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