PRESS RELEASE: Demand for tech skills increases and more university graduates are transformed into tech Consultants

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On 23rd Nov, Richmond, a graduation ceremony event took place to celebrate the success of unemployed university graduates from differing course backgrounds who are now to begin a career in technology  - having completed one of the UK’s most prolific technology graduate programmes, Sparta Global Academy, based in Richmond.

Each month the academy produces around 20 Consultants, who have completed their Bootcamp style training course, afterwards becoming employed as ‘Spartan Consultants' working with exciting clients locally, and around the UK. This unique programme is known within the industry for producing highly-skilled Consultants, through their fresh and relevant skills learned within the Sparta Global Academy; in DevOps, Testing, Software Engineering, Project Management and Business Analysis. After the 7-14-week training has taken place, and supplied by the organisation, they become employed as Consultants serving local businesses with their relevant skills, for short and long-term digital transformation projects. Clients that they engage with, in this way, include: Ebay, Three mobile, Historic Royal Palaces, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Channel Four, The White Company and almost 100 others, throughout the UK.

Due to the demand of their services and recent investment from equity firm KCP, Sparta Global recently become a Top 20 Graduate Employer and will see over 250 graduates become employed with them over the next year.

A recent survey conducted by Sparta Global – uncovered that organisations are experiencing increased technology skills gaps, since the announcement of Brexit, making their Brexit proof model increasingly attractive for UK organisations. 48% of organisations surveyed said that the announcement of Brexit has already reduced their access to non-UK Consultants. 

David Rai, CEO, Sparta Global said “We are extremely proud to see another group of ‘Spartan’ Consultants graduate from our academy and ready to ‘hit the ground running’ on client projects as Consultants, to address their skills gaps. Our training is not easy at all. We really put the graduates through their paces to ensure that they add enormous value when on client side. We are aware that the announcement of Brexit has increased our clients demand for specific technology and business consultants, especially those who they can meet through our academies in London, Leeds and Birmingham, ensuring that they are a perfect match for their team’s dynamic and company culture. That is why our Sparta Global ‘Huddle’ events are so important for clients such as Ebay, Historic Royal Palaces, Three mobile, Ministry of Justice and all the other organisations who have come to meet Consultants at our event today.”

The Sparta Global Academy provides course streams within the areas, which are most in demand, allowing organisations access to Consultants with relevant skills immediately, or as required, as individuals or teams, enabling them deliver short or longer-term projects; without the risks and high-costs involved with alternative and traditional consulting services.

Alison Opeloyeru, SDET Consultant, graduated from the Sparta Global Academy at the event, stated “I studied Law at University and really struggled to find the right job after my course finished. Tech is such an exciting field, so I tried a course with Code First Girls, which then inspired me to pursue a career in technology with Sparta Global. It’s a win-win situation for me – I get training without getting into further student debt, with employment afterwards. Sparta Global have invested in an in-depth training course so that I can perform well as a technology consultant on a client project. Now that I have completed the course I will get at least two years commercial experience at a top company. I can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes me.” 

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, “I hugely enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm and excitement of the young trainees at the Sparta Global Academy graduation ceremony, ‘Huddle’ event. Having worked hard to complete the rigorous training at their technology Bootcamp here in Richmond - they will be now employed with Sparta Global as Consultants. It’s encouraging to see how industry has embraced a model like this to drive graduate employment and fulfil the need for relevantly trained talent for local businesses. Given that this graduate programme is open to people who are passionate about technology and from all university course backgrounds, not just STEM, and can address the technology skills gaps for organisations locally with such broader audiences in mind – it is a big step in the right direction. I am proud to have such an innovative organisation, based here in Richmond”

George Norfolk, Astrophysics Graduate from Queen Mary University, shaking hands with Zac Goldsmith as he receives his certificate from Sparta Global Academy, having completed the DevOps training Bootcamp.