Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Sparta Global

Democratising digital through technology training and careers

Build better teams with broader perspectives

We are committed to fostering equal opportunities in technology through our dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) function and client advisory service, our innovative approach to talent acquisition and a willingness to accept non-graduates and non-STEM people into our programme. This is why we have created a Spartan community that leverages different experiences, backgrounds and viewpoints, encourages creativity and is reflective of today’s increasingly diverse society.

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Migrant Leaders

Migrant Leaders is an independent UK registered charity programme. It's aims are to: Inspire and develop disadvantaged young migrants across the UK to broaden their horizons and capture opportunities well beyond their aspirations. Sparta Global regularly collaborates with Migrant Leaders on research projects and events - using our combined platforms to promote the employability of migrants in emerging careers and technology.

Career Ready

Career Ready is a national social mobility charity at the heart of a network of educators and employers who all believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to kickstart a rewarding future. Sparta Global has supported Career Ready through collaboration on the 2021 EqualTech report, donating money for each research survey completed. Sparta Global also regularly hosts Career Ready interns to showcase the opportunities available in technology.

City & Guilds Foundation

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of City & Guilds - a global pioneer in skills development that supports more than 4 million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. After winning a Princess Royal Training Award in 2021, Sparta Global was asked to deliver it's award-winning inclusive language workshop and it's internal inclusion networks. Sparta Global now has a working partnership with the foundation that aims to support the further progression of their alumni in technical careers. 

Migrant Help

Migrant Help is a UK-based charity that has been supporting migrants since 1963 - providing advice, guidance and support to asylum seekers, refugees and victims of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Sparta Global has worked with Migrant Help on a custom 3-day introduction to technology course, where migrants have the chance to explore our training and opportunities before further pursuing a career in digital. 

Being an inclusive employer is a fundamental aspect of the Sparta Global business model and championing diversity is firmly embedded in our DNA.

What are Sparta Global's entry requirements for candidates?

We hire Spartans based on their attitude, aptitude and potential for success. Employing graduates, non-graduates, career changers and returners, candidates do not have to have a degree or come from a STEM background. However, all Spartans must pass assessments necessary for their specialist training - this may include some straightforward technical tests (with pre-learning materials), verbal, written and psychometric assessments. 

How is Sparta Global's attraction process inclusive?

Our job descriptions use inclusive language and terminology to help us attract diverse candidates to apply. Our assessment process then includes a mixture of verbal, written, pychometric, logic and technical tests - enabling space for all individuals to thrive, even if neurodiversities may restrict their confidence in certain areas. It is important to note that Sparta Global's team of talent coordinators have also completed compulsory training around the use of inclusive language and removing unconscious bias across recruitment.

How does Sparta Global's training support the different needs of Spartans?

Sparta Global is a safe space for anyone and everyone to learn and grow. Our community supports diversity at every opportunity and we have built an inclusive community that champions different perspectives. When in training, our Spartans spend 8-10 weeks learning in small groups with one consistent Trainer. These parameters ensure each Spartan can access additional one-to-one support if they are challenged by the intensity of training, and have the opportunity to learn from others through building close connections. Our training is flexible by nature and can be adapted to support additional needs for individuals.

How has Sparta Global established an engaged and inclusive Spartan community?

We have built a Spartan community that leverages different experiences, backgrounds and viewpoints, encourages creativity and is reflective of today’s increasingly diverse society. We have achieved this through the establishment of internal ED&I networks (including our Women's Network), ED&I focussed thought leadership events (on topics including social mobility and neurodiversity), our annual EqualTech report and research, and storytelling - providing a platform for our diverse people to share their stories through blogs, videos and guest talks.

2021/22 Equal Tech Report: Youth Employability post Covid-19

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Spartan Success Stories

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I never thought I would find a role in my local area where I would learn something new every day and contribute to projects that make a difference. Prior to joining Sparta Global I was studying forensics and performing autopsies. Six months after finishing my training at Sparta, I’m coding every day, and have limitless opportunities in my role at a big four consulting firm.

Zeeshan Javed

SRE Spartan

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Before joining Sparta Global, I had played for the under-18 national football team in my native Estonia. I then elected to study Politics in England before being introduced to Sparta Global. After training as a Business Analyst, I was assigned to work as a Scrum Master in a major energy company. It's very exciting and I really enjoy it! I like that you can be right in the middle of innovation and help to create something that can change processes for the better for someone else in their day-to-day job.

Liinamari Astel

Business Analysis Spartan

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I’ve been interested in computers and technology for as long as I can remember. But, after GCSEs, A Levels, and my degree, I can honestly say the hardest part was trying to get a job at the end. After months and months of applying for dozens of roles, I felt a huge sense of relief to have found the incredibly supportive Sparta Global - a company that was determined to help me succeed. My personal transformation, with the help of Sparta, has made me incredibly proud of the person I have become. In just 18 months I have moved into an apartment in Liverpool with my best friend, started working for one of the world’s largest tech consultancies, and my sense of motivation has skyrocketed.

Sabir Nisar

SDET Spartan

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After university, I really wanted to get into tech, but I wasn’t sure how to do this with my Psychology background. Sparta offered the perfect solution, implementing the business skills I already had, and teaching me the tech skills I needed. They really allowed me to get into tech easily. I’m now a Business Analyst in the mobile and Web team at an asset management company and I love it! When my contract was coming to an end with Sparta and they happened to have the headcount for a permanent Agile Analyst role, I was lucky to convert to a permanent member of staff. 

Tea Matusinovic

Business Analysis Spartan

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I didn't go to university – instead studying and graduating from two different colleges in both psychology and music technology. I spent a number of years in various retail and sales roles, but I had a newfound passion for tech and Sparta enabled me to harness that. Sparta does a great job at bringing people from all walks of life together to work in an industry that they are passionate about. It is a brilliant company to work for, has a great atmosphere and is full of amazing people.

Oliver Tomkins

C# Dev/SDET Spartan

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At school in Romania, Computer science wasn’t really my strongest subject. For this reason I pursued a career in Aviation Technology and Management instead. In my first year of University I did 10 hours of flight training but then Covid drastically impacted the industry. Sparta then offered me an incredible opportunity to train as an SRE for a team deployment with one of their professional services clients. I had no prior coding experience, but I really enjoy how dynamic and mentally rewarding the role is! Women can not only make it in STEM, but can just as successfully switch paths into tech too.

Ioana Nicolae

SRE Spartan

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