Deloitte launches community initiative


Deloitte & Touche and Cambridge Regional College are launching a pioneering vocational programme, e-skills4industry, in Cambridge.

The programme equips young people in the region with the skills, qualifications and experience they need to secure entry level IT jobs with local employers.

The first public/private initiative of its kind, the programme is funded by the Learning and Skills Council, and was developed by Deloitte's Community Investment team. It was successfully piloted in one of the most deprived boroughs in the country, Tower Hamlets in London, by Deloitte with additional sponsorship from Vodafone, News International, HSBC, SHL Group and Morgan Stanley.

In September 2001, 36 students were selected, on the basis of their aptitude for IT, to participate in the pilot scheme aimed at giving 17 year old school leavers without formal academic qualifications an opportunity to pursue an IT career. Of these students, 14 have successfully gained full time employment in City companies.

Andy Swarbrick, office senior partner at Deloitte's Cambridge office, commented: 'This is an exciting scheme for both the young people in Cambridge and local employers who recruit for IT entry-level positions. We are encouraging as many of these organisations to come along to our lunchtime briefing on Tuesday 1 July 2003 to find out more about participating in the scheme and offering a six-month work placement to one of these candidates, following their year with Cambridge Regional College.

'These students have been aptitude tested and have shown an above-average aptitude for IT. After a year in college, they will have industry recognised IT qualifications and also be fully trained in employability skills, such as interpersonal and communication skills. It's a tremendous opportunity for local companies, who are generally struggling to hire and retain entry-level IT staff, to tap into this committed and enthusiastic pool of talent,' he added.

Students now employed in full time work as a result of the London pilot scheme are thrilled with the result. 'To other students thinking about pursuing a career in IT, I'd say they should definitely try this course. It's made me really confident and along with giving me loads of experience I now have a qualification in IT and a full time job that I'm really enjoying,' said Charlotte Curtis, 18, now employed at Deloitte & Touche.

Abu Belal, 19, worked after hours and at weekends as IT support for his school before a teacher recommended he look into joining the e-skills4industry scheme. 'Mum wasn't impressed when I told her I was dropping out of college to join the e-skills4industry course.but now I've got a full time job with HSBC she's over the moon!' he said.

'It was strange at first working in a corporate environment. I didn't know what to expect. It was very intimidating. The fact that I'm young and inexperienced was nerve racking but my team was great. They helped me to feel comfortable and confident in my role. I'm very optimistic about my future IT career,' Abu added.

For further information and to book places at the company sponsor briefing taking place on Tuesday 1 July 2003, please contact Claire Campbell on 01223 259357 or email

E-skills4industry is a specially designed vocational programme, developed by Deloitte & Touche in partnership with HSBC, Morgan Stanley, News International, SHL Group and Vodafone, and co-financed by the Learning & Skills Council. The course involves IT training, work experience and a six month paid job placement, designed to increase the employability of 17 year old school leavers who show skills in IT.

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