Capgemini joins Big Conversation to transform work experience into work inspiration
Capgemini executive takes part in first sector specific Big Conversation event. Capgemini joins Big Conversation to transform work experience into work inspiration

Fuente:   Fecha:  30.04.2010

Christine Hodgson, member of the Capgemini Group Executive Committee, and Business in the Community’s Chairman Sir Stuart Rose convened with students, practitioners, teachers and professional services’ leaders to collaborate on an important shared agenda of work experience. They took part in yesterday’s Big Conversation, one-to-one conversations between business leaders and young people – enquiring about what students want from work experience and advising on paths they can take to access careers in consulting, technology, outsourcing and local professional services.

Professional services businesses of all sizes across the UK are being encouraged to commit to reviewing and improving the work experience they offer to their young people every year. The Work Inspiration campaign, from Business in the Community (BITC), was launched on 15th September 2009. Capgemini was one of 100 businesses from all sectors to attend the first Big Conversation, which marked the start of a business-led movement of employers across the UK. This is the first sector specific Big Conversation event.

In line with the recommendations in the Milburn report, Capgemini will urge its peers in the professional services industry to make placements available to as a wide a population as possible, giving young people from all backgrounds the chance to enjoy a career in professional services.

“I’m very pleased to be leading this Big Conversation for the professional services sector – the first such sector-specific event,” said Capgemini’s Christine Hodgson. “Typically our organisations have not offered very inspiring work experience, but this is something we intend to change. Today we are pledging our commitment to creating 500 work placements in the next 12 months giving young people the chance to work on real client challenges. Our aim is to work with our peers to make similar commitments.”

The Work Inspiration campaign is on track to meeting its aspirational target of 100,000 work placements across the UK by September 2010. Currently there are over 400 organisations engaged and supporting the campaign, some of these include Allen & Overy, Ernst & Young, PWC, Shoosmiths, Eversheds and WSP. To date, combined organisations have influenced over 30,000 placements through working with partners, champions and by undertaking events across the country.

Positive experiences of work can demonstrate to young people that there are many paths to success, enhancing their life and career aspirations. Businesses also benefit from an increase in future recruits with greater business awareness, and, at the same time, develop the leadership and management skills of their staff.

The campaign is spearheaded by BITC in partnership with the independent education foundation Edge and the Talent and Enterprise Taskforce. Corporate supporters are: BT, Capgemini, Chime Communications, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, National Grid, Royal Mail and Serco.

It has been developed, supported and endorsed by a range of partners. These include: Arrival Education, British Council, Career Academies UK, Council for Social Action, City and Guilds, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Enterprise Insight, Harris Federation, Institute for Education Business Excellence, Merlin, Mosaic, National Council for Work Experience, National Education & Employer Partnership Taskforce, NESTA, Talent & Enterprise Taskforce, The Prince’s Trust, Teach First; Trident from Edexcel, UK Commission for Employment & Skills, WorldSkills 2011, and Young Enterprise.

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