Leidos UK partners with futureproof

Leading science and technology solutions provider Leidos UK recruits 17 futureproof associates to boost the diversity and sustainability of their tech teams.

Requirement

Leidos UK has recently begun the process of strengthening its graduate and apprentice recruitment and training programmes

The goal is to identity skills gaps within the organisation while ensuring any new early-in-career hires are given the best possible start to their career. They are also committed to making sure their talent schemes remain current and reflect future and evolving demands of the business.

Solution

To facilitate this, the organisation has partnered with futureproof for a pilot hiring programme.

Leidos take on associates graduating from futureproof's award-winning tech academy, an intensive 13-week programme in full-stack software engineering. futureproof's mission aligns closely this Leidos's own objectives, including

  1. Democratising access to tech careers: futureproof aims to increase diversity by making the course 100% free for students and therefore equally accessible to people from all backgrounds. This attracts a diverse pool of talent which clients like Leidos UK can use to build strong future pipelines of tech superstars.
  2. Closing the tech skills gap: the academy curriculum been designed to focus on techniques over tools, producing agile-minded associates who are commercially ready and able to adapt to the evolving demands of both the businesses they work in and technology as a whole.

Results

Leidos have now hired 17 futureproof associates into their tech teams.

They now look forward to seeing how their new associates grow within the company, with a view of potentially expanding the partnership with futureproof in future to become a primary source of high-quality talent for the next generation of technology professionals.

In January 2022, they are launching a mentorship scheme in which futureproof will benefit from industry advice and guidance from Leidos's own tech employees, setting them up to thrive in their tech careers.

Silka Patel, Social Value Manager at Leidos, said:

“We are proud of our work in partnership with futureproof that is helping us radically address skills and diversity needs in our tech teams, while giving these young people a fast track for success in our company and their wider careers.”

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