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Skills shortages in the UK mean that vacancies in science, research, engineering and technology jobs are increasingly hard to fill. That’s why inspiring the next generation to study science, technology, engineering and maths and getting them fired up about a career in technology, media and telecoms (TMT) is vital. We’re tackling this head on – every year students from Deloitte’s One Million Futures partner schools are challenged to pitch a business idea that makes a game-changing difference based on our annual TMT Predictions research.
This year the schools had to create an innovative use for smart speakers in either retail, gaming, education or hospitality. Rebecca Headley and Kirsty Smith, both 17, from Cardinal Hume School in Gateshead near Newcastle upon Tyne, share their stories of being on the winning team.
How do you write a CV, prepare for a job interview or get into university if you do not have someone to show you how? That’s why students at St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington, one of the Deloitte One Million Futures partner schools, have been offered mentoring by a team of Deloitte professionals. Harry Charie, 18, about to sit his A Levels, says the support transformed his prospects.
Professionals across Deloitte have been participating in a mentoring programme run by social mobility charity upReach. To date more than 50 top performing graduates from less advantaged backgrounds have joined Deloitte following their involvement in the programme. Economics student Tom Burgess will soon be one of them. Here he shares his story of a successful mentoring relationship.
Earlier this year, following a 20-year career in the military, Pete decided to embark upon a career change. He attended one of our Military Transition & Talent Insight Days and has now been at Deloitte for two months, working as a senior manager in Risk Advisory’s public sector cyber team. Here he tells us how the skills he developed during his time in the military have set him up for his new career.
Thousands of young leaders from 190 different countries recently united for the One Young World summit in The Hague where they debated and shared innovative solutions for the most pressing issues the world faces. Among the ambassadors from global organisations nominated to attend was Claire Acton in consulting, chosen as one of 42 Deloitte colleagues from 18 countries. She says that global events like this can bring about change… but you do not have to be a delegate to be part of a movement like this. You can join now.
Every year a Deloitte team takes on the world-famous bucket list event: cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Deloitte Ride Across Britain is a 980 mile, 9-day test of endurance for more than 900 people, including 80 from Deloitte. It’s a gruelling test of both physical and emotional endurance that sees riders pedal twice the height of Everest. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of Deloitte’s involvement in Deloitte Ride Across Britain – so are you up to the challenge? Laurie Rutter’s story might inspire you.
When Deloitte works with local charities such as the young persons’ homelessness charity, 1625 Independent People (1625ip) in Bristol, the impact can be truly transformative. Tymara shares her story and how the charity has helped turn her life around.
According to the charity Centrepoint, 86,000 young people are homeless every year, and there are many more people who do not show up in official figures, who find a temporary solution by staying with family members or friends or in other insecure accommodation. This is known as hidden homelessness.
Do you remember your first job? You were probably nervous but also excited about what the future might hold. Too many young people miss out on this experience because of the barriers to finding employment. That is why Deloitte in Birmingham teamed up with Action for Children to help disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential. Clare King, who is leading the partnership, shares one truly inspirational story.
Chris was very quiet. He made little eye contact, did not speak much and appeared to have poor self-esteem.
Being referred to the STEPs Programme, one of the Action for Children initiatives supported by Deloitte, changed that.
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.