We are immensely proud to tell the story of our partnership with ELATT, a digital skills charity who support people into employment through learning and mentoring. For over thirty years, they have been working with the long-term unemployed, refugees and young people with special educational needs develop key skills to help them flourish in life and work.
The partnership forms a key part of Our Tech for Good programme which seeks to make business and technology a force for good by contributing to improving social mobility; driving inclusive economic growth; and promoting diversity. We do this through community programmes and charity partnerships, as well as delivering outcomes for our clients that tangibly make a difference to people’s lives.
Watch our video on the partnership to hear more.
We have been working with ELATT since 2017 through initiatives including:
- A mentoring programme – our employees have mentored ELATT students on employment and business skills
- Work experience programme – we offered ELATT students short-term work experience or insight days across the Sopra Steria business providing them with an introduction into the world of work
- A hackathon – our consultants helped define digital solutions to some of ELATT’s critical strategic and operational challenges
- A hothouse – our digital directors and HR team provided an employer’s view on ELATT’s future curriculum, helping to identify the skills students will need as they enter the jobs market
- Career skills – our team have also worked with ELATT students providing CV advice, interview practice and networking skills development.
Anthony Harmer, CEO of ELATT comments on the benefit the partnership brings to their organisation and students:
“I believe our students really benefit from the partnership and that happens in a number of ways. At the highest level they’re getting access and insight into the real world of work from successful IT professionals. And that really adds value to our programme, it really takes the learning out of the classroom.”
The benefits of the partnership also extend to Sopra Steria. Sarah Thake, Sopra Steria’s Tech for Good Community Impact Lead says:
“Even as we offer our skills and expertise, our people have the fantastic opportunity to hone their own skills through the work we do with ELATT. We also get key insights into some of the challenges the digitally excluded face, which help us develop more inclusive approaches in our services. Plus, we just love working with such a forward-thinking charity doing so much good in the world.”