Celebrating our Spartans of the year 2020/21

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With more than 400 Spartans now working across technology departments in the UK and Ireland, we are proud to have supported so many young people in the early stages of their digital career. While we gave them access to the training and career opportunities they needed to progress, our Spartans are successful because of their own work ethic, resilience and commitment to personal development. We are incredibly proud of our entire community.

 

At a time where so many had to complete training remotely and start their careers from computers in their bedrooms, it was incredibly difficult to select Spartan of the Year winners for 2020/21. However, some individuals stood out still for their feedback from clients, our engagement teams and their colleagues.

 

A huge congratulations to:

 

  • Isaac Baculima, Tech Stream

 

Isaac joined his client, a large British insurer, as a Site Reliability Engineer just weeks before lockdown began in 2020. Proactive from the outset, Isaac impressed with how naturally he seeks efficiency improvements and solutions to problems, automating processes to save his team time. He is technically strong, and despite working remotely, communicates well with stakeholders both in and around his squad, who have given brilliant feedback. Isaac is also an upskilling demon, working through endless learning paths to increase his understanding on Pluralsight and taking Terraform, PagerDuty and AWS exams to build his technical competence. Isaac has quietly and reliably delivered, exceeding the expectations of his client, and always with a smile on his face. We’re immensely proud of him.

 

  • Chris Rogers, Tech Stream

 

Across the last 12-months Chris has demonstrated an exceptional professional attitude whilst working in UK Government and as a Spartan. Evidenced by taking on the role of Sparta Champion - before he had reached 6-months - and going above and beyond in this role ever since. Chris communicates regularly with his Account Manager as Champion and takes it upon himself to support every new joiner in one of our busiest accounts! He has helped numerous Spartans with technical advice in monthly webinars and has even set up socials and events, to build on the Sparta community on client site. Outside of this, Chris’ aptitude and desire to learn and improve has been clear since day one - he had already completed an AWS Cloud Practitioner certification off his own back and was eager to undertake the AWS Solutions Architect certification soon after. Chris embodies the values of what it means to be a Spartan and has excelled in every aspect of his role as a DevOps Engineer.

 

  • Vari Meck, BA Stream

 

Varaidzo ‘Vari’ Meck is an incredibly valued member of the Project Team on our client’s site. She faces each task with immense positivity, a willingness to learn and a determination to get the work done to the highest possible standard. She has introduced an effective way to track Project Costs broken into Capex and Expense and works well with different parts of the business to support project delivery. More recently she has been mentoring new Spartans in the PMO function, showing off her fantastic leadership qualities.

 

  • Nashae Cox, BA Stream

 

Nashae joined a particularly difficult project when she began working on site with a private healthcare client, but quickly acclimatised and made an immediate impact to her team and the surrounding digital function too. Nashae is incredibly organised and empowers her team to work to the best of their abilities. Her efforts and work ethic are widely recognised across our client, including at Director and CIO level. Nashae is a pleasure to work with and has the potential to go very far in the business.

 

  • Jade Arthurs, Data Stream

Jade is self-motivated, learns quickly and is always a joy to work with and speak to. She builds strong relationships, remains calm under pressure and asks for help when she needs it. Even before starting in her Data role with one of our clients, Jade showed incredible resilience when she was forced to complete her Academy remotely, away from her family home and whilst completing her Masters and dissertation!  

 

She has integrated well into the team on client site and is very confident at asking requestors to clarify their requests to make sure she is always on the right track. Receiving consistently high praise from key stakeholders within her client and in other departments In addition to being technically great, Jade is an all-round fantastic and an excellent role model for Sparta Global.

 

 

  • Gigi Chiang- Mars, Data Stream

 

Gigi’s performance since joining us in February 2020 has been at a consistently high standard, and she has demonstrated very strong technical ability in her role. Always going above and beyond to help and mentor others in addition to completing her day-to-day tasks, Gigi has earned herself a reputation for helping to contribute to the success of others. On site with her client, she was selected as one of just four team members out of 50 nominees to be recognised for teaching and mentoring others. This should be seen as a considerable achievement and we are incredibly proud of her work ethic.