Sparta Global

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Sparta Global's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Sparta Global is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Founder and CEO David Rai
Consultants in training
Offering both technology consultancy and business services,
Sparta Global are committed to providing the necessary
staff to sustain the momentum of the UK tech sector.
Having conducted a survey of leading technology professionals,
they identified significant skills gaps at all levels. To try and remedy
this, they offer 8 to 12-week bootcamp courses and are committed
to expanding the potential number of tech professionals through a
focus on diversity and attracting competent individuals both from
STEM and from outside STEM subjects. Sparta Global employ over
350 people and turn over £25 million. CEO David Rai, who co-
founded the company with CIO Tim Staton in 2014, discusses
the need to address these skills gaps.
We are a technology and business services provider born from my own frustrations
when sourcing technical talent. Traditional staffing and IT consultancy solutions
could no longer keep pace with the evolving digital world, and there was room for
a complete technology service which could provide an alternative solution.
With a blend of expertise across different industries, generations and sectors, our
team and training academies have the collective ability to drive significant change
in the industry. Since its opening in 2014, our Sparta Academy in London has
thrived, providing hundreds of graduates with expert, up-to-date tech training that
enables them to hit the ground running in any client environment.
The Sparta Academy in Birmingham was the next step in expanding tech training
opportunities in the UK, giving graduates outside of London the opportunity to start a
career in tech and reducing the “brain drain” to the capital. In August 2017, we raised
»Founder and CEO: David Rai
»Established in 2014
»Location: Offices in London
and Birmingham
»Services: IT consultancy and
business services
»No. of employees: 350
Sparta Global
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more than £4 million from the private
equity house Key Capital Partners to
support this continued growth and
expansion. This year, we have trained
more Spartans than ever before, grown
our staff to more than 350 people and
opened a new flagship head office and
academy in the City of London.
Shaping future tech leaders
Technology is moving at breakneck
speed, but the UK’s ability to attract
and retain digital talent is not
maintaining the same momentum.
In our recent survey ofleading
technology professionals, representing
the technology, finance, media,
retail, charity and legal industries, as
well as the public sector, we found
organisations suffering from skills gaps
at all levels. There were gaps of 38
per cent at graduate level, 55 per cent
at the middle level and 38 per cent
at management level. It is estimated
that the digital skills gap costs the UK
economy an estimated £63 billion a
year in lost additional GDP.
More people working in tech gives the
industry a wider talent pool to choose
from, but closing the skills divide is
about more than plugging a gap.
Attracting, training and cultivating the
best digital talent in the UK has always
been my main objective. Our academies
focus on nurturing future tech leaders
who will protect and drive the UK’s
position as a leading technology hub.
Our unique business model brings
improvements to the vocational
training of software engineers, bridging
the skills gap between education and
the workplace for graduates. In just a
few short months, our bootcamp-style
training courses can teach students
practical skills that may otherwise take
years of university schooling.
We offer 8 to 12-week bootcamp-
style courses in subject areas including
software development, data analysis,
testing, development operations,
business analysis and project
management. After building up the
necessary technical and business
knowledge, our freshly trained
consultants work with our clients,
helping them to further grow and
learn in the workplace and find real
solutions to real problems.
We currently provide technology and
business consulting services to public
and private sector organisations
in the finance, insurance, media,
retail, legal and telecommunications
industries, and our customers range
from Channel 4 to Canada Life, ASOS,
Three Mobile, the Home Office and
the Ministry of Justice. Our consultants
have the chance to work on a two-
year programme with one of these
clients to deliver a variety of digital
transformation projects, combining
business and technical acumen to help
clients solve business problems and
design the best technology strategies.
Driving diversity and inclusion
in tech
To continue our incredible growth in
the last four years, we want to become
the leading technology consultancy in
the UK, fulfilling the growing demand
for diverse, highly skilled and dynamic
technology professionals. We have
worked hard not only to offer the most
up-to-date and in-demand training,
but to create a diverse and inclusive
learning environment.
University team
Our academies
focus on
future tech
As a provider of both employment
and education, we are committed
to creating and sustaining a diverse
learning environment where every
graduate is given the opportunity to
be a future leader. Our academies are
helping to shape a tech workforce
that is representative of the UK today,
populated by people from different
walks of life, with different ideas,
strengths and weaknesses. This
recognition starts at recruitment, which
we base on an applicant’s competency
rather than their degree. This means
many arrive having studied business
rather than computer science or other
STEM subjects.
Research has proven that a diverse
workforce introduces new, innovative
ways of thinking to a company. A
2015 study by McKinsey found that
companies in the top quartile for racial
and ethnic diversity were 35 per cent
more likely to have financial returns
above their industry’s national average.
We employ more than 350 people,
including employees and trainees, of
whom 52 per cent are BAME.
We ensure that diversity is made
relevant and significant at every
level of our business, and we enjoy
supporting and working alongside other
organisations that share our beliefs.
To date, we have partnered with Code
First: Girls, Colorintech, the Young
Black Business Awards, Codebar and
many others to help increase diversity in
the tech industry. These organisations’
free programming workshops help us
find those people who want to work in
tech but may not have the support or
confidence to apply.
Our management team and staff are
passionate about improving access
to opportunities in the tech industry.
This results in a dynamic working
environment that has the potential
to drive the significant change we
want to see. With a plan to grow
the number of working consultants
to more than 500 by 2020, we are
dedicated to delivering a real solution
to the digital skills gap. A technology
resource that is available now, our
training academies allow the UK to
nurture the talent that is already here.
By remaining well positioned as one
of the employers of choice for quality
graduates, we can guarantee our
consultants will land on client sites
with accredited technology skills and
a can-do attitude, ready to make a
difference in the workplace.
We are
dedicated to
delivering a
real solution
to the digital
skills gap in
the UK
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This article was sponsored by Sparta Global. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster