Skills on the agenda as we team up with Derby College and East Midlands Chamber

Skills on the agenda as we team up with Derby College and East Midlands Chamber
05/08/2019

Skills on the agenda as we team up with Derby College and East Midlands Chamber

By Phil Harvey

It’s been a busy period at RDS Global in our continued quest to inspire and prepare the IT employees of the future – and it’s been hugely rewarding.

Here at RDS, we are passionate not only about encouraging the younger generation to consider a career in IT, but we’re also equally as passionate about making it an inclusive sector representing all demographics within society.

How do we do this? One significant way is through our Technology Employer Academy programme, which we run in partnership with Derby College, who share our vision for the future workforce.

As part of this innovative programme, groups of IT students complete a 17-week placement at our headquarters in Derby to enhance their studies and acquire skills and experience that will stand them in good stead for future employment and, crucially, make them highly employable.

Each academic year, we welcome four groups of students to RDS Global — and this year’s third and fourth group have just graduated.

We are always incredibly impressed and inspired by the drive and determination these groups show when they are with us. They work hard and events like the recent graduation are a fantastic way of showcasing this and acknowledging the progress they have made during their time with us.

This is most definitely a two-way street. It’s great for them, but it’s fantastic for us too. We learn from them, feed off their enthusiasm, and increase the talent pool open to us and the community in the future.

But these ceremonies aren’t about us, they’re about the graduates and we’re delighted that they have found the experience such a positive and worthwhile one. Here are just a few comments from our recent cohort of graduates:

“I really enjoyed it, doing something different every week made it interesting – I enjoyed all the sessions and wouldn’t improve it. I really enjoyed sales, marketing, and support, and will look to go into a career in these areas.” – Dhanyal

“I thought it was brilliant, it was a great insight into business and to see all the inner workings was great. It has helped me decide what I want to do in the future.” – Ben

“It was really good – I enjoyed every minute and it has really opened my eyes. Development was the most challenging area, however, the development team was impressed with the work the students did on Black Box. Engineering was my favourite area.” – Joe

On the subject of skills development, we were also delighted to both sponsor and present at the Employability & Skills Summit recently, hosted by the East Midlands Chamber – of which we are a patron.

This annual event is always highly anticipated and it was a fantastic event, which brought together leading businesses and education providers across the region to discuss skills challenges and opportunities now and into the future. This aligns perfectly with our passion for upskilling future and current workforces and securing a prosperous future, so we were delighted to play such an important role.

Presenters from RDS on the day included our Director Paul Duley, Learning and Development Coordinator Charlotte Gray and Director Andy Flinn.

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