February 2, 2023


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Capita joins forces with social impression agency WithYouWithMe to assist army veterans fill UK’s power digital expertise hole

By Navy veteran Tom Moore , founder and CEO of WithYouWithMe

ninth August, LONDON: Capita plc (‘Capita’) is happy to announce it has invested in WithYouWithMe, a workforce know-how platform which finds employment for army veterans and different missed teams by means of delivering revolutionary aptitude testing and digital expertise coaching.

Capita has joined forces with WithYouWithMe by taking an fairness stake by means of Capita Scaling Accomplice, its start-up improvement arm.

Collectively they’ve launched ‘15,000 Futures’, an initiative to help former members of the UK armed forces and their companions to search out employment within the know-how and digital sectors after leaving the army.

The 15,000 Futures marketing campaign – which displays the variety of UK army (and their companions) who return to civilian life every year – works with main UK employers to encourage them to decide to fulfilling 5 per cent of obtainable digital roles with reskilled veterans.

The initiative builds on the work of WithYouWithMe, which was based in Sydney, Australia, in 2015 by three college pals, two of whom served within the army.

The agency companions with authorities companies and companies to handle the digital expertise scarcity, whereas making a constructive social impression. It has up to now helped 20,000 individuals – together with refugees and neurodivergent people, in addition to army veterans – achieve employment.

Eschewing extra conventional recruitment practices such a reviewing CVs of job candidates, WithYouWithMe – by means of its “Potential platform” – supplies aptitude and psychometric testing to match candidates to a variety of high-demand digital roles.

The agency then supplies free coaching pathways – accredited by means of the likes of GCHQ and ANSI – to present candidates the optimum likelihood of success when positioned with giant employers.

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WithYouWithMe’s group of UK advisers embrace former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Sir James Everard, and Lieutenant Normal Sir Nicholas Pope, the British Military’s former Chief of Employees.

Capita Scaling Accomplice’s distinctive mannequin entails offering enterprise improvement companies by means of the location of two to a few full-time workers in a enterprise – on this case, WithYouWithMe – in trade for fairness.

Jon Lewis, chief govt officer at Capita, stated: “Competitors for expertise – particularly digital expertise – is a strategically vital challenge for Capita and our private and non-private sector purchasers.

“WithYouWithMe helps to resolve this challenge by fostering new swimming pools of expertise from numerous and underemployed communities, notably army veterans, and in doing so creating important social worth. This suits completely with our ethos at Capita.

“We’re proud to be a founding member of the 15,000 Future marketing campaign and stay up for working with different main companies to make it successful.”

Tom Moore, founder and CEO of WithYouWithMe and army veteran, stated: “We all know there’s a large demand for digital expertise, that are mendacity dormant in underrepresented areas of society, who might not get significant employment based mostly on their CV alone.

“By our partnership with Capita and the 15,000 Futures marketing campaign, we’ll assist distinctive individuals entry the labour market and allow employers to construct a workforce that meets their present and future wants.”

Babou Jobe, a military veteran who discovered work by means of WithYouWithMe, stated: “I really feel valued in my position as a result of WithYouWithMe have been in a position to perceive what expertise somebody like me can nonetheless carry to an organisation.

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“Not solely did WithYouWithMe respect the long run potential my military coaching and skillset had given me, and assist me discover a significant job because of this. However they’re additionally persevering with to encourage me to develop personally and supply the sources to widen my skillset and take my {qualifications} to a different stage.”