COVID-19: Our community response06/04/2020
How we’re maintaining business as usual and driving change programmes in a new working world
David Rai, Sparta Global CEO
Technology is continuing to keep the world turning in these uncertain times, but COVID-19 (Coronovirus) has presented our business with a number of challenges.
We want our trainees and Spartans to continue to have access to the career opportunities they have worked hard for, and our clients to be able to maintain momentum with key digital projects with our Spartans as a flexible and capable technical resource. We have invested in the futures of each of our Spartans and they have worked incredibly hard to complete our intensive training programmes. Our mission to find them their first job in technology and support their career progression, has not and will not change.
This is why we have changed the way we run assessment centres, how we deliver our Academy training and why we’ve developed new services for organisations that need our Spartans – helping them to navigate this trying time.
Here is what we are doing:
- Virtual training
While our Academies in London and Birmingham have closed, we are continuing to run our training programmes. Now an entirely remote training operation, we have migrated our Academy-based training programme online - meaning our course curriculums are now delivered through video by our dedicated training team.
Our trainees have not lost momentum with their learning; they have access to one-to one coaching, senior technical consultants for advice with day to-day tasks, and round-the-clock community support from the wider Sparta Global team.
Our trainees are thriving in the virtual environment and at the completion of their Academy course will be ready and willing to jump into their careers.
From a current DevOps trainee; “Our trainer has done a lot to make working from home pretty much the same as working in class. He encourages positivity, and includes the whole class in his topics, asking questions and still doing the morning stand ups. Not to mention, I’ve gained a lot of experience of self-discipline, time boxing, agile values, collaboration and teamwork.”
- Remote onboarding
We want to help maintain BAU and drive change programmes across the UK by remotely providing and supporting skilled business and technology professionals. We can provide you with the cost-effective resources you need at this time, facilitating remote onboarding with the help of our Senior Delivery team and using our cloud platforms, tooling and training to ensure a smooth transition.
The skills we can provide, include: Business Analysis, Product Owner, Project Management, Testing, DevOps, QA Automation, Data Engineering, Software Develop. In addition to these, we can also facilitate: Site Reliability Engineers (SRE), Data Analysis, Front End Web Development, Scrum Masters and PMO – Project Support.
- Digital support services
At this time, we know one-to-one support is more important than ever. Our HR, Client Services and Engagement teams are staying in continuous contact with our trainees and Spartans to ensure they are informed of our business changes and have access to round-the-clock support.
Through our community platform of choice (Microsoft Teams), we are running a designated HR forum every day between 11am-12pm. This gives our community a chance to get together and share any challenges they may be having, with professional advice immediately available. However, our HR teams are contactable at any time. In addition to this, our technical teams are on-hand to help with any project-related queries and to remotely offer advice. Similar to our HR team, we are running a Technical Forum each day for an hour for our Spartans and trainees. Our technical team are also providing regular video content to offer tips and tricks around remote working, video interviews and more.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank our clients for their continued support and for keeping Spartans safe by enabling remote working where possible. I encourage you to reach out to find out more about our changing services and how we can help you in return.
David Rai, Sparta Global CEO