PA Consulting launches work experience initiative for London sixth-formers

13 April 2018 Consultancy.uk

PA Consulting Group has welcomed a group of local sixth form students to its London HQ for a week of business challenges as part of its new initiative, Springboard. The work has seen the youngsters asked to harness the power of technology and develop innovative solutions to some of society’s biggest  challenges during their time with the consultancy.

As the UK’s talent pool threatens to tighten amid fears of an ageing population, and increasing difficulties for skilled migrants in Britain after Brexit, many companies are employing new initiatives to get a head start over competitors in terms of talent acquisition. Recently this saw a number of consulting firms, including BDO, Mazars and Grant Thornton, revamp their recruitment procedures to take advantage of graduates and school leavers.

The latest development in this trend has seen UK-headquartered PA Consulting Group launch a new initiative called Springboard. The first intake of ‘Springboarders’ has seen 25 local sixth form students invited to PA’s London base for work experience placements from 9-13th April.

PA Consulting launches work experience initiative for London sixth-formers

The week-long placements have tasked students with undertaking a number of skills workshops on building a business case, problem-solving and presenting, while at the end of the week, the teams will present solutions to a number of top conundrums faced by modern businesses, to PA’s management team and their guests. The panel of judges include the Chief Digital Officer of the London Mayor’s office, Theo Blackwell.

Alan Middleton, PA Consulting Group’s Chief Executive, said, “Innovation is vital to the success of our economy and we passionately believe that we need to engage the next generation of innovators, technologists and industry leaders in tackling some of the country’s biggest social and business challenges. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to young people and we look forward to welcoming our first set of ‘Springboarders’ into the business.”

Springboard comes as part of PA’s partnership with Career Ready, a UK-wide charity focused on opening access to the world of work for young people. In the long-run, it will see PA select participants from a network of 36 schools and colleges across London and the South East, giving students from lower-income families the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential. Career Ready currently supports over 29,000 young people in over 300 schools across the UK, with more than 700 employers and approximately 4,000 employer volunteers delivering the programme.

Nick Insley, Career Ready Regional Manager for London and South East, added, “Every school leaver should be prepared for the world of work, their aspirations not limited by background. We’re delighted that through our exciting new partnership with PA Consulting, even more young people will be able to gain the skills and experience they need for career success.”

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”