The E3 Business Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise and reward business excellence in the North West, particularly on the part of organisations that have shown a real investment in Enterprise, Education and Employment (E3).
On Wednesday 30 March, the 2016 finalists were announced and it was good news for Capita TI. Having entered the Employer of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility categories, we were delighted to learn we had reached the finals in both!
2015 was quite a year for us with regard to recognising employee achievements. In February, Capita TI’s Public Sector Team was successful in reaching the finals of the Capita People Awards – teamwork category. Capita plc employs 75,000 people, so this was a huge achievement for the team. The team came third out of the six finalists, winning the Bronze Award, and were presented with a £500 voucher to spend on a celebratory event.
In September, the VOICE Awards, which are aligned to the Capita Values, were rolled out across Capita TI. Management and employees can nominate colleagues in a number of categories, if they feel they have done something worthy and meet the VOICE criteria. The Senior Management team reviews the nominations on a monthly basis, and the recipients receive a gift voucher of their choice, to the sum of £50.00, which is presented by Kevin Gordon, MD.
When it comes to corporate social responsibility, we are keen to engage with and support our local communities, and we do this in a number of different ways. Our Charity and Events Committee is pro-active in arranging a variety of activities throughout the year. The committee’s members represent all areas of the business and we invite a “guest” member to each meeting. During 2015, the committee held a number of events to support the Capita Challenge, such as quiz nights, bake off competitions, Wimbledon strawberries and cream day and dress down days.
Collectively, Capita raised in excess of £55,000 for the Prince’s Trust last year!
We are also passionate about languages, and in particular, encouraging the study of them at higher and further education.
Capita TI is attempting to dispel the myth that studying languages is simply for the privileged few and elite, and also the misconception that it leads to limited career options.
To this end, we regularly visit sixth form colleges and universities delivering talks, presentations and workshops to students in order to ensure they make informed course and career choices. This activity led to the development of work experience placements and internships, which is so important in closing the skills gap and now, we almost always have a student with us.
Aidan Wyman, a language student at the University of Lancaster commented on the impact his internship had saying, “Without doubt, I would suggest students should make thorough use of their time with Capita TI, because it is invaluable for their future career. The experience had a great impact on my future, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given. It has definitely contributed to my translation placement in Spain and I can’t thank Capita TI enough”.
If you’re interested in our work experience or internship programme, or would like to know more, visit our Careers page.