Computercenter UK – Responsible Business Champion: Education

Future Talent School and Community oureach programme Rocket Launchers from Computacenter UK Ltd

The Education Partnerships Award

Computacenter UK recognises that investing in young talent is key to success. Its ‘Future Talent School and Community Outreach Programme’ aims to inspire young people into STEM careers – addressing skills shortages, improving social mobility and raising aspirations.

There is without doubt a skills shortage in our industry and while we are not immune from this, our taking on of young talent and development credentials has helped us fair better than most.

Mike Norris, CEO, Computacenter

Societal impacts

  • Computacenter UK has given over 100 students work experience in 2019.
  • It has given 2600 hours of volunteering to schools, colleges, universities and communities.
  • It has conducted over 177 event for employability and STEM activities in the UK during 2019.
  • By reaching over 14,500 students in 2019/2020 the company has had numerous impacts on raising aspirations, giving new career options and strengthening employability skills.
  • Computacenter provided over 100 work experience opportunities in 2019, with 16 graduate roles, 58 apprenticeships and 22 industrial placements across the UK. Work experience led many to an apprenticeship or full-time employment.

Business impacts

  • Computacenter established a successful young talent pipeline for vacancies and ensured brand awareness.
  • It has improved employee engagement and satisfaction by providing volunteering opportunities.
  • It has attracted diverse talent and improved its diversity and inclusion across the UK.
  • The programme has helped win many tenders for customer contracts as it completed 100% on its community and social impacts.
  • The company won a contract with the Foreign office London worth over £350 Million.
  • Many more tenders where and are affected by all they do at Rocket Launchers. 2019 was Computacenter’s best ever year where its profits grew 16%.
  • There has been a vast improvement in better communication and cross department collaboration as they have 130 volunteers who not only work in 30 different business areas, but also in seven different locations. Rocket launchers has brought them all together and they are chatting about activities, and support and encourage each other over its internal Yammer page and during events.

“To enable us to maintain strengths in future years it is critical that we bring young talent into the organisation, whether that be through low entry level jobs, Apprenticeship Schemes or Graduate Programmes. Unless you continually seed the organisation with talent that you can develop over time, any development programme is doomed to failure. There is without doubt a skills shortage in our industry and while we are not immune from this, our taking on of young talent and development credentials has helped us fair better than most. The requirement to hire talented, experienced staff to fulfil senior level vacancies successfully is so difficult. Only years of planning avoids the requirement and while the challenge exists for us in certain areas of the business, again I feel we do better than most,” Mike Norris, CEO, Computacenter.

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