TCS helps teachers to reduce digital skills gap in the UK

27 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

IT services, business solutions and consulting firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has signed an partnered with The Tech Partnership and MyKindaCrowd to develop a new initiative, designed to help teachers encourage more young people into digital careers.

In the increasingly digitalised world, where more and more information is shared and stored online, companies more than ever searching for digital talent. Professionals that not only can help them protect their often sensitive data, but also can help them understand how to best make use of this data and how to capitalise on the digitalisation.

The TechFutures Teachers: Careers Resources Pack
With the UK in need of 750,000 skilled digital workers by 2017, the three partners launched their ‘TechFutures Teachers: Careers Resources Pack’, designed to help reduce this UK digital skills gap. “Digital technologies are playing a defining role in all aspects of our lives and this trend will continue to grow. As a result, there will be an increase in demand for employees with digital skills, and hence more young people need to choose the right education, to give them the required future skills,” explains Nupur Singh Mallick, HR Director at TCS UK & Ireland. “The TechFutures Careers Resource Pack is a key part of our IT Futures programme, a series of TCS-led initiatives designed to foster enthusiasm and engagement among young people and address the long-term challenges limiting the growth of the UK’s digital talent pool.”

TSC - The TechFutures Teachers: Careers Resources Pack

This first of its kind resources pack for teachers has been established to help them inspire young people to choose a career in digital by educating them about possible IT roles and the steps they need to take to achieve that ambition. The TechFutures is based on research from MyKindaCrowd and brings together industry insights, practical lesson guides and activities. The pack offers teachers lesson plans, example job descriptions and group exercises to “help educate students about the variety of industries that require digital skills, the different types of career paths available within IT and the steps that can be taken to pursue them.”

Sue Nieland, Director of Education for The Tech Partnership, comments: “It is vital that we have a secure talent pipeline to ensure the future success of the digital economy. These employer-created resources will help to inspire the future tech workforce about the fascinating careers that are available to them in the tech industry.” William Akerman, Managing Director of MyKindaCrowd, adds: “It is encouraging that businesses are proactively looking to help shrink the skills gap and in particular the digital skills gap. Forging links with schools and teachers, and providing them with dedicated resources to inspire them and provide them with new skills is excellent in helping students explore what careers will suit them.”

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”