Helping young people realise their potential


At Smart DCC, we believe in making Britain more connected, so we can all lead smarter, greener lives. Last week, I volunteered with Young Enterprise as part of Capita’s Go Local Week. We’ve had a few colleagues around the business take part in some of the volunteering events but I think it’s important that senior leaders get involved too.

I admire organisations like Teach First and Young Enterprise who work in schools that have real challenges. Social mobility is important in Capita’s objectives, and it’s something we’re starting to focus on in DCC too.

I shared my skills and experience in an Employability Masterclass for 65 year 12 students at New City College in Redbridge. Many of the students were from backgrounds of multiple disadvantage and had no experience of work or awareness of what kind of skills they might need for a job. We aimed to motivate and inspire the students during an energetic half-day session of CV workshops, skills audits and interview role plays.

We worked in pairs with a table of 10 very energetic students taking the students through a range of tasks: I gave my top tips on how to respond to tough interview questions like ‘what is your greatest weakness’; Claire Thompson, Capita’s Divisional People Director, talked to a student who was interested in finding out more about HR; and, Andy Start, CEO for Government Services took part in two interview role plays and Sunil Shah, Divisional Legal Director, shared his own journey into his legal career.

At DCC we want Britain’s young to inherit a smarter, greener and more connected world and our partnership with Young Enterprise I hope will mean that more of Britain’s young will benefit from the advantages that will bring. So go on, if you want to make a difference, why not take part and volunteer?

Angus Flett, CEO