Working with a social enterprise MyKindaFuture, DWP and Capgemini once again hosted and facilitated a “Best School Trip Event” attended by two schools Berwick Academy and Joseph Swan Academy. Taking place at the DWP Benton Park View Site in Newcastle on Tuesday, 27 June, it was a full day interactive event that gave 24 pupils and their teachers a chance to experience modern workplace, understand what it means to have a career in digital, as well learn about apprenticeships and the different opportunities and routes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

To help support pupils’ future career choices, the DWP and Capgemini volunteers got them involved in agile challenge building, scrums and sprints making “twirly bird” paper planes. Pupils also experienced working in a professional environment and insight into different roles from volunteers supporting on the day. Monju Meah, one of the Capgemini facilitators commented, “It was a fun packed and inspiring day for the young people and at the end I think they all went away with a great understanding of STEM skills and careers they could get into. At the beginning only 1 or 2 students put their hands up when asked who would like to go into a tech career, but by the end of the day when asked again everyone put their hands up! They were genuinely enthusiastic and event helped to open their eyes to different options available to them.”

Linda Newton – Delivery Support Manager, Universal Credit Live Service Digital Delivery
“This was the 2nd MKF Best School Trip we hosted at the Long Benton site and it was really great to team up with Capgemini on behalf of DWP Digital. I’m so happy with the way the day went.  The pupils were really enthusiastic and engaged with both of the tasks.  And they were genuinely interested in career options in the tech sector”

Tom Lawson, Engagement Director, Capgemini, commented: “It was great to host another MKF event jointly with DWP to make a difference in young people’s lives at our second workplace visit of the year. It was wonderful to see a full house again particularly with 50% of the pupils being female. At Capgemini, we’re passionate about helping those from diverse backgrounds unlock their potential and to show them the many exciting and fulfilling opportunities in the tech sector.”

MyKindaFuture is a national social enterprise that helps employers reach the next generation of talent ranging from older school children 13-16 to school leavers and university graduates. Working in partnership, MyKindaFuture and Capgemini have been delivering STEM workshops across Capgemini offices over the last couple of years, supporting and inspiring young people to recognise and realise their strengths.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the event happen including Linda Newton, Keith Dickson (Head of Universal Credit Live Service Digital Delivery), Neil Wastell, James Peart, Joe Harvey and Gaurang Gandhifrom from DWP, and Monju Meah, Mark Lambert, Louise Goward and Tom Lawson from Capgemini.