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When Deloitte launched One Million Futures in 2016 with the aim of helping one million people to get where they want to be, it was the start of an ambitious initiative to transform lives. Solomon Arouna, a student at one of the One Million Futures Partner Schools, St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington, is just one of them.
I admit that I was not the best-behaved pupil when I started at St Mary Magdalene Academy.
I wasn’t particularly academic. I struggled to apply myself. And my main ambition back then was to be a footballer.
Today, I am head boy, much more confident, hope to achieve three A Levels in English Lit, Politics and Sociology and then study Law and Anthropology at university. And instead of being a footballer I now want to be a lawyer.
How did this transformation come about?
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Sally Rochester, a Director in the advisory team of Deloitte Guernsey, talks about her work with Mind Guernsey and how helping others can make a big difference to your own mental wellbeing as well as your local community.
Despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their life, an overwhelming majority of people – 94 per cent – on the Channel Islands agree that there is stigma attached to mental health issues.
The Mind pan-island Mental Wellbeing Survey, which was conducted by a team of volunteers from Mind and Deloitte, not only discovered that more needs to be done to increase understanding of mental health issues, it also revealed just how uncomfortable people are with discussing their problems.
Skills shortages in the UK mean vacancies in science, research, engineering and technology are increasingly hard to fill. The TMT Predictions Schools Challenge aims to tackle this by inspiring a new generation to pursue careers in these sectors. Every year, teams from Deloitte Access schools are challenged to create a game-changing business or product. Sarah Butler volunteered to work as a coach for one of these teams…
The last time I was in a classroom was when I was at school.
So, walking into the St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington to coach a team of sixth formers was a little daunting.
However, I had been inspired. In previous years I worked behind the scenes on the marketing and event planning of the TMT Predictions Schools Challenge. I had seen first-hand the positive impact the coaches were making on the students and watched the 16 and 17 years old students in awe as they stood up to present their ideas in front of 100 people, plus a panel of respected judges at the grand finals. I wanted to become a coach and still be a part of this amazing initiative, so I volunteered.
Joanna Lumley, Ray Winstone, Larry Lamb, Hugh Bonneville and Nick Knowles are just some of the well-known faces encouraging employers to hire ex-service personnel. They all feature in Veterans Work: The Films, premiered by Deloitte UK with the Officers’ Association, and showcasing the value of hiring veterans into UK plc – something Liz Coombs, associate Director Global Business Tax says is a win/win.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “veteran”? Well some assume it is an American term and do not even associate it with our UK armed forces, while others think that veterans are old soldiers from WWII.
Yet, the reality is that a veteran could be a 26-year old woman with cyber skills.
Martin Hewitt, a mountaineer, former British disabled ski team racer, businessman and former Captain in the Parachute Regiment narrowly escaped death after being shot in Afghanistan. He went on to co-found the leadership and development business, Fieri Leadership. With support from Deloitte from the start, Martin and his team have led disabled people to new peaks - literally.
I am only alive today because of my team. Being shot in the foot and chest by a 7.62 calibre machine-gun should have killed me. However, the training and skills of my team, including the lance corporal and the medics who were helicoptered out from Camp Bastion, saved my life.