Stories of our impact
Nurturing the tech talent of the future
What if you had the opportunity to influence the conversations of global leaders? Earlier this year, a tech consultant in Deloitte’s Belfast office did just that: shaping the agenda at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos. Read on to find out more about this initiative, and how Deloitte nurtures talent from graduates to award-winning software engineers.
Motivated to have a say on the topics for discussion at Davos this year, a group of millennials from Belfast successfully bid for a chance to participate in ‘Shaping Davos’ – a 75-minute livestreamed global discussion with business leaders attending the forum. Among the panel was Sheree Atcheson, who in addition to working on flagship assignments such as the digital transformation project for the Home Office, is also UK director of Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
The discussion, themed around 'Cities as Hubs of Innovation', was led by the Global Shapers Community, a network set up by the World Economic Forum, and sponsored by Deloitte to engage young people and allow them to make a contribution to their communities.
Following the event, Belfast won the award for ‘Best International Session’, and Sheree picked up the award for ‘Peak Performance’ during her live session. She received her accolade from the Lord Mayor of Belfast for the extensive work done before, during and after the livestream. Sheree commented: "The work being done to nurture our local talent while providing them with global opportunities is why Belfast is one of the top two fastest-growing knowledge economies across the UK.”
We’re committed to nurturing young talent and have this year welcomed over 40 apprentices to our BrightStart programme, with a further 40 graduates joining the firm through our Academy programme. One of our previous graduates, Maxine Glennerster, who is now a senior developer at Deloitte Digital, was named the UK Software Engineer of the Year at the 2017 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. The accolade is presented to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering. The judges said Maxine “built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.”
Maxine said: “I came to Deloitte Digital as a mathematics graduate in 2012, and have been given fantastic opportunities since that have allowed me to progress in a successful software engineering career, creating innovative and exciting applications. In the past six months, I have travelled the world to talk about the innovation lab at Deloitte and how we can help to solve the problems of new clients using blockchain.”