The Connected Places Award: Sopra Steria

Finalist for Business in the Community’s Connected Places Award 2019

Sopra Steria: Collaboratively delivering initiatives in Harrow to boost digital skills and help people to secure work

  • More than 200 sustainability and community initiatives
  • 186 jobs secured
  • 1,400 volunteer hours

Sopra Steria is a big business, with 6,000 UK employees delivering transformation programmes for organisations, including the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, and Greater Manchester Police.

“This project is an example of how a partnership between two organisations can have an enormous impact on a community by offering opportunities for education, skills, employment, and making them available to people who may not always get them.”

John Neilson, Deputy CEO and Head of Public Sector, Sopra Steria

It also works with Harrow Council, modernising its ICT function, focusing its efforts to create social value in a project called Connecting Harrow.

The information technology business has committed to deliver more than 200 initiatives in partnership with other organisations, designed to support the community in the London borough. Over half of these are about giving the long-term unemployed, young people and those from the poorest backgrounds support in finding work. Staff volunteers run digital skills surgeries, entrepreneurship and innovation competitions, career workshops, and the business provides apprenticeships and work experience placements.

The initiative has secured jobs for 186 people and boosted the digital skills of 50 people. Meanwhile, career, technology and entrepreneurship learning sessions have been delivered for more than 300 schoolchildren.

So far, 100 volunteers have given 1,400 hours of their time. Harrow Connect has delivered numerous business benefits, including new business wins, stronger customer relationships, positive employee engagement and increased reputation in Harrow.

The information in this impact story has been supplied by Sopra Steria.

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