QA in The Inclusive Top 50 list
In recognition of our dedication to workplace diversity, we’re proud to announce that QA has been ranked 34th in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2021/22 – a list that has identified the most inclusive companies across the nation and takes into account evidence of inclusivity practices across all strands of diversity (including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race and faith and much more).
Read all about it on our news page.
Clear Assured Bronze accreditation
In 2020, many companies highlighted the issue of Diversity and Inclusion. We here at QA aimed to become more diverse by being a more inclusive employer and making positive changes company-wide. A part of doing this was by introducing Diversity & Inclusion champions, who will help make QA a more inclusive place to work.
Less than a year later, we are making huge progress and aim to continue doing so. We’re proud to announce that we've achieved bronze accreditation with Clear Assured, a leading diversity and inclusion framework! Our partnership with Clear Assured will support us in our progression as we continue empowering our people, clients and learners.
We're also working with ShawTrust to create an accessible website for all our learners and clients.
QA is a signatory of the Good Recruitment Charter and the Tech Talent Charter.
Teaching the nation to code for free
We’ve made it our mission to get more kids into tech. Our Teach the Nation to Code events are free, fun and they run up and down the country. They are 1 day coding workshops, targeted at sixth formers, career changers and graduates. They aim to inspire young people to pursue careers in tech and software development.
Supporting military servicemen and women back into work
AWS re:Start is a training programme dedicated to getting people back into work. The first group focussed on supporting military servicemen and women, and their spouses. We deliver training to ex-military personnel offering them the opportunity to move out of active service into a role in the tech sector.
Forging a gender-balanced tech sector
Only 17% of UK tech workers are female. We’re on a mission to change that. There are a number of other amazing organisations that share that same mission. We are working together to help make a difference.
We have partnered with the Women in Technology (WIT) Network to offer our learners’ access to one of the most powerful and largest independent female networks in the world. WIT encourages its members to share ideas, challenge the status-quo and work to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects.
We are also proud to be partnered with Girls Talk London who support women aged 16-30 to achieve their career goals. They run programmes which help to develop their students business, leadership and digital skills. QA then connect Girl Talk London graduates with career opportunities in the tech sector.
QA is an active signatory member of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC). Members pledge to take concrete steps forward to increase diversity in the sector recruitment. Through its research and public events the TTC brings together industries and government bodies to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles.
We were selected to be a key partner in the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst Programme.
The CyberFirst initiative is a bold and innovative development/bursary programme aimed at supporting and developing the UK’s cyber security talent - helping to address the cyber skills gap as well as improving diversity in the cyber security sector.
As the NCSC’s leading tech learning provider QA have designed, developed and delivered an engaging and inspiring learning experience to well over 5,000 students aged 11-18 across the UK and NI. These courses are a great way of introducing students to the fascinating world of cyber security by demystifying technology and encouraging young people to study STEM/computer science subjects.
We bring the learning to life through the introduction of key note speakers and industry experts providing the students with not only a first class learning experience but also an insight into cyber-related careers and opportunities, to prepare them for a possible role in making Britain the safest place to live and work online.