The Prince’s Trust has awarded Ricoh Silver Patron status in recognition of its work in helping disadvantaged young people into the workplace.
Ricoh has working with the trust for the past 18 months, facilitating workshops for young people on how to find and secure work placements, write CVs and conduct themselves in interviews. It also provides two-week placements in different areas of its business.
The printer supplier will now work with The Prince’s Trust for a further four years, supplying office equipment and software to the trust’s UK offices.
Phil Keoghan, CEO of Ricoh UK, accepted the silver plaque from Martina Milburn, CEO of The Prince’s Trust, at an event in London.
“I think big businesses are increasingly aware of the benefits local community work can bring not just to society, but to businesses themselves, by raising the next generation," said Keoghan.
"We are deeply committed to and involved with our corporate responsibility partners, and we are looking forward to extending the work we do with The Prince’s Trust.”
On giving the award, Milburn said the trust was "thrilled to welcome Ricoh as a Silver Patron" in recognition of its commitment to the young people the trust supports.
"Our partnership with Ricoh has already helped us change hundreds of young lives and give unemployed young people the skills and confidence they need to get into the workplace. We hope to work with Ricoh for many years to come. “
Two new CGI degrees at University of Winchester
In further news, two new degrees for IT have been approved by the University of Winchester, with the aim of skilling up more students for the tech sector.
The CGI sponsored degrees are BA (Hons) business management for information technology and BSc (Hons) information systems management, both of which launch this month.
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The degrees were designed through a collaboration between the CGI team and academics at the university.
“UK-based companies need to move into higher-level aspects of IT,” said Tim Gregory, president of CGI in the UK.
“We need employees of a high calibre who are able to help drive UK plc to be a global technology leader," he added. "The combination of work-based learning and teaching during the programmes are designed to ensure graduates will be fully equipped to rise to this challenge.”
David Birks, director of Winchester Business School at the University of Winchester, said: “What makes these students particularly special is the continued impact they have on the success of CGI. The new degrees reflect a comprehensive analysis of the future direction of the industry, performed by CGI and Business School academics with input from students.
“The programmes have been designed to allow students to continually apply their learning in the workplace. They attend university one day a week and spend the other four days working on live projects which bring their learning to life. Working with industry in this way is essential in giving our students the very best start.”
CGI also offers higher apprenticeship placements to 40 students each year and industrial placements to 30 students who complete a year in industry as part of their degree. It also offers 100 graduates places for further training in IT.