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Community skills and entrepreneurship

Our community skills and entrepreneurship programmes benefit local communities where we operate by creating employment opportunities and contributing to economic development, while adding value to our supply chain. In 2021, around 26,700 people participated in and more than 700 businesses were supported by our skills development and entrepreneurship programmes. In 2021, our community skills programmes helped more than 1,300 people to gain employment immediately following the training.

Shell has two global entrepreneurship programmes – Shell LiveWIRE and Shell StartUp Engine.

Shell’s LiveWIRE helps entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality and operates in 18 countries. In 2021, Shell LiveWIRE trained more than 3,600 people around the world and helped to create more than 2,270 jobs. The programme supported around 670 existing businesses and helped create around 125 new businesses, with 19 Shell LiveWIRE-supported businesses entering our supply chain in 2021.

Shell StartUp Engine is a global innovation programme for entrepreneurs in the energy industry and supports early-stage start-ups in areas such as renewables, energy storage, smart grids and electric mobility. In 2021, the programme was delivered in the UK, France, Singapore, Brazil and the Netherlands (New Energy Challenge), with 40 start-ups receiving support.

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