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Too many children aren’t getting the education they deserve. Where you’re from shouldn’t affect where you’re going; yet a child from a disadvantaged background is 6 times less likely to get good GCSEs and go on to higher education. The effects of this slow start can last a lifetime, widening social inequality and failing our communities. Teach First’s Director of Fundraising, Vidhu Sood-Nicholls, tells us what they’re doing to help and why it’s important that organisations like Deloitte support their work in making education fair for all:
Every year thousands of Deloitte professionals give their time and expertise to help others. Janice O’Neill, senior consultant in the Organisation Transformation team within Deloitte’s Human Capital practice is one of them. She attended one of Deloitte’s insight days for military service leavers, which helped build her knowledge on how to change career. She now volunteers as part of the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme Insight Days. She shares her story and talks about the work she does to help others to undertake a similar move.
James Proud, who served in the British Army for 12 years, joined Deloitte five years ago. He quickly rose up the ranks to lead a team supporting IT for the 12,000 people working at Deloitte’s London campus. As a result, many colleagues might have come across him at the Deloitte London offices without realising that he is a veteran – or knowing about the work he does to inspire others. He shares his story about making the transition and provides some helpful career advice for anyone looking to progress.
The annual One Young World Summit brings together talented global young leaders from every sector to discuss innovative ways to tackle the world's most pressing issues; from climate change to extreme poverty and inequality. This year, 2,000 delegates from all 196 countries, including 50 Deloitte delegates, convened in Westminster, London. Kate Bossie, a Manager in the Deloitte UK Real Estate Consulting team, who also manages the relationship and volunteering activity at one of our One Million Futures Schools, was one of the lucky attendees. Here’s what she learnt from this once in a lifetime experience.
In the UK, thousands of disadvantaged women struggle to find opportunities. The Luminary Bakery, a social enterprise supported by Deloitte’s One Million Futures programme, offers skills training, paid employment and a supportive community to help them thrive. Social enterprises are profit making businesses, which exist to drive positive environmental, community or social change.
Anna*, a refugee from Europe now living in London, is just one of the women whose future has been transformed thanks to the Luminary Bakery. To mark Buy Social for a Better World Week she shares her story – showing how something as simple as buying a cake with a cause can change a life.
As a young graduate Maeve Monaghan wanted to help people, but didn’t know it could become her full-time career. Today she leads NOW Group, a social enterprise that transforms the lives of those with autism or learning difficulties by supporting them into jobs with a future. Social enterprises are profit making businesses, which exist to drive positive environmental, community or social change. To mark this month’s Buy Social for a Better World campaign, Maeve, founder and CEO of NOW Group, makes the case for buying from a social enterprise. Now Group is one of the social enterprises supported by Deloitte through One Million Futures.
More and more corporates are choosing to buy products and services from social enterprise businesses. Social enterprises are profit making businesses, which exist to drive positive environmental, community or social change. To mark this month’s Buy Social for a Better World campaign, Charlie Wigglesworth, Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise UK sheds a light on why this shift is making a huge impact on society and the environment, as well as benefiting corporates. Deloitte is supporting several social enterprises through the One Million Futures programme.
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?
Catherine Stewart, Head of Business Change - ITS, at Deloitte UK, has been volunteering to talk in Deloitte Access schools as part of our social impact strategy, One Million Futures. So far, she has reached out to more than 350 girls to help change their futures.
When I left school there were few role models to inspire me to become a woman in technology. But I was lucky. I had a natural aptitude and, along with my passion to learn, have enjoyed an amazing career that has taken me all over the world.