Grow a more diverse workforce
Grow a more diverse workforce

Grow a more diverse workforce

Posted on: 18/09/2019


Outsource UK pride ourselves on being diversity champions – anything that can help the world of tech, cyber and engineering be more inclusive can only be a good thing. Inclusive and diverse teams, with true diversity of thought that protects against groupthink, makes technology and the engineering and design process safer and that benefits us all.

Two particular initiatives that are close to our hearts are:

Outsource UK’s Women into Cyber programme

We have piloted this in association with a valued Defence client who has been regularly recruiting within their Product Security space. They have a great inclusive environment, their own training and development programme and mentorship programmes within their business already which means they can upskill talent with some transferable skills. We hosted an assessment day for them at our Head Office, which comprised of a murder mystery group exercise, and the client’s own interview process which looks for knowledge of the engineering lifecycle or an understanding of how this lifecycle works. We had 11 ladies join us for the day, with 2 being selected for final interview and then offered a position. These ladies all have a great mix of skillsets, from career returners working in IT or in Marketing, and even a vet who is training in security and coding in her own time! We have partnered with a training provider who can provide bespoke technical training as required if a client doesn’t have the bandwidth to train already. If your business could benefit from an engaged group of professional ladies who are looking to retrain, I am happy to arrange a time to discuss for more information and to design a programme that’s right for you. If you are going to be at the Security Cleared Expo in London on 17th October, come and speak with Rebecca Buggs who will be there to chat with clients and candidates.

Military Hire programme

One of our consultancy clients is a keen advocate for military veterans but works in a professional services environment, with tough client deadlines and a work from home culture which means that there isn’t always one-to-one support for consultants. Outsource has a bench consultant model, whereby we hire the candidates for the first 12 months, with ongoing training and development that is bespoke to the client’s and candidate’s need. This consultant is then contracted to the end client for the 12 month period, whilst they are in training and learning about the client’s processes and ways of working. The client was able to secure a 50% utilisation rate for this candidate whilst they were in training mode. For this particular project, we took a military PM and provided with ongoing Project, Excel and Clarity training whilst the client trained them in Cyber Security projects, and we were also able to provide that ongoing support for the candidate whilst they were home-based. After a successful 12 month period, the candidate could then transitioned to a permanent member of the client’s team. If this is of interest to you, we’re always happy to speak to businesses who need fresh ideas for meeting their hiring challenges. Liam Fahey will also be at the Security Cleared Cleared Expo next month and can chat with candidates and clients about our Bench and Military Leavers programmes.

If either of these initiatives is of interest, I can be contacted via cyber@outsource-uk.co.uk or connect with me to set up an initial discussion.

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