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Deloitte Digital offers a step-up to future tech leaders

10 December 2021

Deloitte Digital has today announced a new initiative with The Stepladder Foundation - a charity offering imaginative and flexible approaches to learning for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people identified as disadvantaged.

Deloitte Digital will be providing equipment such as laptops and software, as well as study materials to students enrolling on Stepladder courses. Deloitte volunteers will also be working with Stepladder students, providing advice and guidance on pursuing a career across the technology and creative industries.

Deloitte Digital will also be working with Stepladder to develop its online presence and branding, to further grow the charity's digital platforms.

The collaboration was inspired by Deloitte’s Black Action Plan and the firm’s belief that everyone, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, or background, should have equal opportunities to thrive. Stepladder has identified 40 pupils from East London schools, currently in year 10 (aged 14 - 15), to take part in the bespoke programme with Deloitte Digital.

Alison Jones, CEO of The Stepladder Foundation, said: “When we recruit these wonderful young people, we know we’re working with the leaders of tomorrow. We work with professional organisations like Deloitte Digital to offer real life career advice and opportunities, opening up a world of life experiences and career skills to extraordinarily talented young people who would otherwise miss out. It’s unthinkable that such exciting talent could be denied the chance to grow and thrive.”

Deloitte Digital volunteers will be spending time with the students offering workshops and careers advice, as well as softer skills and sessions designed to harness their strengths.

Olivier Binse, a design partner at Deloitte Digital, commented: “There is no creativity without difference. This is the truth of business today and my team and I are excited to have the opportunity to work with Stepladder, growing the charity for the long-term and mentoring these young people for future success. Writing a CV, pitching for jobs and interacting with clients are skills that our teams have grown to be very comfortable with, and everyone is keen to share their knowledge to boost diversity across the industry and shape its future leaders. Hopefully it will be a confidence lift to help these young people kickstart a passion for creativity and maybe even a career in technology and digital.”

Kofi Assan is a Stepladder alumnus and is now a visual designer at Deloitte Digital. Kofi is living proof of the benefits that having mentors, relatable role models and a dedicated programme of support can bring to a young person.

Kofi said: “Growing up in East London, I ambled through school not knowing how to best place my creative and academic passions. I applied to Stepladder aged 13, where I was matched with mentors who really helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses. They helped to focus my ambitions, further boosted my confidence, and equipped me with desirable soft skills imperative to succeeding in higher education.
“Stepladder has been an integral part of my journey, which has led to me graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in industrial design and technology.”

Alison Jones continued: “Whatever our students’ backgrounds our focus is always on them, opening doors, sharing networks, providing academic and pastoral support, as well as everything in between, to ensure that they have the confidence and skills to achieve. The programme with Deloitte Digital is put together to help young people succeed.”

In October to celebrate Black History Month, Deloitte announced that 44 students started their first year of study at six universities across England, having been awarded a bursary by Deloitte. Together with the firm’s charity partner Blueprint for All the bursary scheme was designed for students of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic heritage and from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to support their ambitions to carve out a successful future.

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Notes to Editors

About Deloitte Digital

From strategy to delivery, Deloitte Digital combines cutting-edge creative with trusted business and technology expertise to define and deliver digital solutions. From B2B, B2C, or B2E, we deliver strategy, mobile, social, web, and digital content management solutions that strengthen our clients’ brands, evolve their businesses and unlock new opportunities.

For more information, please visit www.DeloitteDigital.co.uk

About The Stepladder Foundation

Stepladder, established in 2000, is a registered charity with equality, aspiration and success at the core. Challenging the perception of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students as underachieving, we run positive action programmes for participants from a variety of backgrounds, removing their aspiration blinkers and helping business to open doors. These are potential highflyers, under-represented in a whole range of influential positions in society, higher education and the workplace, with capacity to achieve greatness; they’re individuals with capacity to become the leaders of tomorrow, going on to stand as models of excellence in the wider community. Our flagship is a 2-year Saturday programme for 14–16-year-olds, supported by business sponsors and funders who share our values. We work hard to share practical education, diversity, equality and leadership expertise with all the organisations we touch.

For more information, please visit www.thestepladder.org

About Deloitte

In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NSE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

For more information, please visit www.deloitte.co.uk.

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