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BJSS to create 70 local jobs with new Scottish hub

21 August 2017:  BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that it has expanded to Scotland with an immediate objective to recruit 70 highly-skilled IT consultants from the local area.

This team, based in the BJSS Scottish hub, will play a key delivery role for the company’s Scottish and global clients, as well as developing further business opportunities in the region. The facility will be led by a dedicated Head of Delivery, also recruited from the local area, who will report directly to a member of the BJSS board.

BJSS works with organisations such as NHS Digital, RBS, The Co-operative, ITV, BP and Lloyds Banking Group. Recent successes include a complete re-engineering of the NHS Spine 2 national healthcare infrastructure, and the development of a global trade matching system which facilitates six out of every 10 foreign exchange trades worldwide. BJSS has already secured its first major Scottish client, Disclosure Scotland, an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government, where it is delivering large-scale IT transformation.

In a further commitment to its investment in Scotland, BJSS has today joined the Scottish Business Pledge. This demonstrates the company’s dedication towards ethical business practices and supporting the Scottish Government’s aim of achieving greater equality, sustainability and innovation within the Scottish economy.

James Whitehouse, BJSS board director, said: “Scotland has a long-held reputation for innovation, access to large corporate clients, and a skilled talent pool from the largest concentration of universities in Europe. Our expansion to Scotland, our sixth UK location, provides us with a great opportunity to help local companies resolve their most complex IT and business issues. We look forward to welcoming professionals from Scotland to our existing team of 800 BJSS colleagues.”

Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, added: “BJSS’ plans to create 70 local jobs within its new Scottish hub shows the strength of the financial and business services sector in Scotland and is great news for the local economy in and around Glasgow. Furthermore, the company’s decision to make the Scottish Business Pledge shows that sustainable growth and commitment to fair working practices go hand in hand.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

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BJSS confirms event sponsorship of 2017 Software Testing Conference, NORTH

10 August 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, is sponsoring the 2017 Software Testing Conference NORTH for the second consecutive year.

A 31-Media event, Software Testing Conference NORTH will be held at The Principal York on the 26th and 27th September 2017. It will provide the software testing community with content from industry speakers, practical presentations from the winners of The European Software Testing Awards, round-table discussion forums facilitated and led by key figures, as well as an exhibition where delegates can view the latest products and services.

Andrew Holt, Editor of TEST Magazine and organiser of the Software Testing Conference NORTH, says: “This is a wonderful endorsement once more from BJSS. The conference proved immensely popular last year and with the support of BJSS we are looking to make this year’s conference even bigger and better.”

Frazer Robinson, Head of Marketing at BJSS, adds: “We’re pleased to once again support the Software Testing Conference, NORTH. Last year’s event allowed us to share our perspective and expertise. We look forward to engaging with some of the region’s most prominent software testing professionals again this year.”

To register, please visit http://north.softwaretestingconference.com/

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

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Turinglab, Ada and BJSS pilot the UK’s first curriculum-linked creative coding platform to advance digital skills education

01 August 2017: Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to teaching fundamental coding skills to school children, has partnered with Ada, the National College for Digital Skills to develop and pilot the UK’s first creative coding platform aligned to the national computing curriculum. BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy supported Turinglab to develop this platform.

During the six-week summer pilot, Ada spearheaded the rollout of Turinglab’s learning platform to 30 schools across the UK. Over 1,000 students – more than double the initial target of 500 – benefited from this learning. Taking feedback from the pilot, Ada and Turinglab will further develop the platform before making it available to schools across the UK later this year.

The move is an essential step in supporting the national curriculum for computing, helping students develop the knowledge and skillsets needed to address the current digital skills gap in the UK economy. The platform, developed by Turinglab with pro-bono software development and testing support provided by BJSS, uses a mix of gamification and creative project-based software tools to help improve digital teaching standards and open up future technology career and apprenticeship opportunities.

The Turinglab online platform will help students in early secondary school (KS3 and KS4) learn fundamental coding skills mapped directly to the national curriculum. It is designed specifically for younger students and is based upon 18 months working with children learning to code, as well as input from a number of influential computing educators, including Mark Dorling, co-author of the KS1-3 CAS Computing Progression Pathways, and Peter Kemp, advisor for the new KS4 curriculum.

Turinglab created the platform, with support from BJSS’ dedicated teams in Leeds and Bristol. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provided supporting funding through a grant to Ada’s online learning umbrella, Ada Advance Initiatives.

Glynn Robinson, MD at BJSS, said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic initiative. Organisations like Turinglab and Ada play an essential role in passing on the skills that children need to thrive in the digital age. By combining our support with Ada’s reach, Turinglab has ensured that hundreds of children from all walks of life, and educators across the country, benefit from engaging learning which is mapped to the national curriculum.”

Sam Green, Founder of Turinglab, said: “This new platform is an important step for all involved. It enables Ada, as the National College for Digital Skills, to honour their commitment to advancing best practice for the teaching and learning of digital skills; it allows BJSS, our industry collaborator, to invest in technology and young people with credible partners driving real change; and it accelerates Turinglab’s ability to empower children across the country with fundamental digital skills through creative coding.”

Mark Smith, CEO of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, adds: “We are excited that the partnership with Turinglab has yielded a robust platform for students to start coding creatively. Learning digital skills doesn’t just start at sixth form — from a young age, students are already developing the skillsets and mindsets that will drive the UK’s increasingly digital economy. As our first online learning venture under Ada Advance Initiatives, this platform is a strong first step toward Ada fulfilling its remit as a truly national college.”

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Notes to Editor:

  1. Students learn and practice a set of core coding skills. They are then challenged to create a project of their own, typically a game or application, to reinforce their learning by applying it directly to a problem.
  2. The platform has been designed with the teacher in mind and is to be used in conjunction with traditional teaching methods. Soon the platform will allow teachers to be able to monitor student progress across common areas of subject misconceptions. These analytics will provide greater understanding of their classrooms and enable more effective and targeted intervention.
  3. In February 2017, BJSS announced a community investment partnership with Turinglab which will see BJSS finance 100 Turinglab scholarships each year for children from low income families. The first ten children to qualify for these scholarships have recently completed their learning ahead of a wider rollout to Leeds and Manchester in the autumn and Bristol in January.
  4. The February 2017 announcement also confirmed that BJSS would play a key delivery role to Turinglab, providing the organisation with pro-bono software development expertise, in addition to marketing and commercial support. The technical expertise and development support required for Turinglab and Ada represents the first stage of this commitment.
  5. Jo Moran, IT Teacher, St.Pauls Girls School (Number 1 Secondary in the UK): “Turinglab have provided a very useful tool which has encouraged the girls to work independently at KS3 through to GCSE level providing a structured and enjoyable way to learn and develop their coding skills.”
  6. Cris Baptiste, ICT & Computing Teacher, Saint Gabriel’s College (Ranked 10,244 of 14,534 Secondary in the UK): “In the short time my students have taken part in the Turinglab pilot, general interest in computer science has grown, with several asking for the pilot to continue after the summer holiday. The platform has a lot to offer – from colourful drawings and interactive animations to programming exercises and online quizzes bringing computer science theory to life. The great news for me has been an increase in the number of girls now showing interest, and the programming languages used by Turinglab, being Python and Javascript, fit in perfectly with the next phase of studies at GCSE level.
  7. If you teach coding in your classroom, or at a school or holiday club – register interest at www.turinglab.co.uk/online.

 

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

 

About BJSS:

BJSS (www.bjss.com) is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

About Turinglab:

Turinglab is an education technology organisation working to empower the next generation with digital skills. We develop software and teaching resources to support more engaging and educational computing classes – some of which we run ourselves.

Turinglab works closely with leading academic institutions to deliver its mission more effectively – working, for example, with Imperial College London to provide outreach courses that aim to increase diversity in technology. Turinglab is also on the inaugural EDUCATE cohort, a UCL / NESTA / BESA partnership aiming at equipping EdTech organisations with the skills needed to develop robust education interventions.

About Ada, the National College for Digital Skills:

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills was announced by the Prime Minister in December 2014. It is England’s first new Further Education College since 1993 and opened doors to students in September 2016. It offers a sixth form as well as a higher level apprenticeship degree programme in conjunction with some of the UK’s biggest names in industry.

Ada’s mission is to work with industry to design and deliver an education that empowers all its students, especially women and those from low-income backgrounds, to progress into highly skilled digital roles and lead flourishing lives. Ada is focused on using digital skills as a tool for social mobility.

For more information on Ada contact press@adacollege.org.uk

 

 

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BJSS and Turinglab launch summer coding classes

Weekend classes for school children from low income families aimed at advancing STEM education and fundamental coding skills

10 July 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that its community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap, has launched at Cockburn School in Leeds. The programme teaches fundamental coding skills to school children, aged between 11 and 16, from low income families.

The BJSS-funded sessions are designed to improve digital skills and increase interest in STEM-based careers. They combine the best of online learning and in-person teaching to provide an engaging learning experience.

The Cockburn School sessions are delivered by Turinglab-trained undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate alumni of the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford. This is the first phase of a wider initiative in which BJSS will fund Turinglab scholarships for children in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.

Glynn Robinson, Managing Director at BJSS, and a member of the Turinglab advisory board, said: “As an organisation that prides itself on hiring the best local talent, we recognise that socio-economic circumstances should never be a barrier to opportunity. Our community investment will see BJSS finance 100 yearly scholarships so that children can develop their IT skills. I’m delighted that our partnership with Turinglab is benefiting children from local communities.”

Sam Green, Managing Director, and Co-Founder of Turinglab, said: “We started Turinglab to ensure that children’s first steps into coding are fun and creative. Through the BJSS scholarship funding, we are giving children from low income families the opportunity to develop important digital skills, and the ability to create the future.”

Emma Husband, Assistant Headteacher at Cockburn High School, adds: “Cockburn is committed to ensuring that its students are fully prepared with the skills, aspirations and academic qualifications needed to take them forward in life. We work closely with local and national employers to provide workshops to develop these skills. This programme has given our coding group an excellent opportunity to build expertise that will be essential to the British economy over the next few years. These sessions also provide the opportunity to work with students from local universities, helping our learners to see where these skills can take them.”

For more information on the BJSS Turinglab scholarships, please visit: www.turinglab.co.uk/north

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

About BJSS

BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

About Turinglab

Turinglab is an education technology organisation working to empower the next generation with digital skills. We develop software and teaching resources to support more engaging and educational computing classes – some of which we run ourselves. It has been operating since the summer of 2015, and currently works with Imperial College Department of Computing to deliver its coding outreach programme. As part of the initiative, children have delivered more than 1,600 coding projects, with 90% of the children stating that they wanted to code more.

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Senior technology appointment at BJSS

19 June 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, announces the appointment of Carl Austin as chief technology officer where he will be responsible for driving growth through digital transformation. He will also play a key role in setting the Company’s technical direction and acting as key enabler of technical and technology solution consulting.

Before joining BJSS in 2014 as a Senior Architecture Engineer, Carl worked for Detica (now BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) where he served as chief architect of the Detica CyberReveal product.

Carl’s experience covers the entire SDLC, specialising in distributed systems, DevOps and Cloud. While at BJSS, Carl has delivered complex distributed computing systems and has advised on all aspects of the software delivery lifecycle for clients in the financial services, commodities, public sector and retail industries.

James Whitehouse, BJSS board director and head of client services, says: “Having already worked with senior-level clients to help shape their technology and business decisions, Carl’s wealth of knowledge and experience has added enormous value to our engagements. This appointment is further evidence of our commitment to attracting and retaining the very best talent.”

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BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

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BJSS and its commitment to apprenticeships

6 April 2017: Today the UK Department for Education implemented an Apprenticeship Levy which aims to combine employment with skills and quality training. BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy is already an enthusiastic employer of apprentices, and we look forward to welcoming even more apprentices to our team.

Our apprentices contribute to a live project and become increasingly ‘hands-on’ as they develop their skills. They also benefit from access to our award-winning internal training channel, the BJSS Academy, and certification related to their chosen career route.

For example:

Harrison Chapman (Testing Apprentice, 2016) 

“One of the most amazing things about BJSS is the fountain of knowledge you can tap into. When I kicked off my apprenticeship at BJSS, I got the opportunity to interact with people across the different testing roles and learn about what their day-to-day jobs involve. The experience has taught me a lot about the different tools and techniques you can use to test software.

Even though I was a new apprentice, I was quickly assigned to the team responsible for testing the new MOT system for the DVSA. This was a challenging project, but my colleagues supported me throughout, and my confidence quickly kicked in. Since then I’ve worked on testing assignments for separate projects for two additional clients. I am also part of the BJSS delivery team providing pro-bono consultancy support to Turinglab, a BJSS CSR partner that provides fundamental IT teaching support to disadvantaged children. On this role, I am responsible for conducting non-functional testing using JMeter, so that Turinglab can expand its service to British schools and handle lots of concurrent users.

Today I am a permanent member of the BJSS testing team. I get to work on exciting projects, I meet lots of really clever people, and I get to use some really cool software tools. It has been rewarding for me to kick off my career as an apprentice, and the scheme has provided me with a worthwhile and valuable route into IT Consulting.”

Jordan Woodhead (Testing Apprentice, 2016) 

“After completing sixth form, I joined BJSS as an apprentice and was exposed to project work almost immediately. I was lucky enough to spend a year on the NHS e-RS project in a team of approximately seven functional testers. Here I contributed to supporting the application after the NHS had made it live.

I was tasked with adhering to NHS Digital’s strict deadlines and BJSS’ uncompromising commitment to quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this engagement because I knew I was making a positive impact towards healthcare. I’ve now successfully completed my apprenticeship and I’m delighted to have been offered a permanent job at BJSS to stay on as a Junior Functional Tester.

BJSS offers continued support and I feel very lucky to have started my career at a company that values its employees and places importance in creativity, collaboration and passion.”

Glynn Robinson, BJSS managing director, says: “We place a particular emphasis on youth development.  Our Apprenticeship Programme offers compelling career routes into IT consultancy for talented school and college leavers.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

 

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BJSS delivers Sporting Life’s next-generation online experience

6 March 2017: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy has delivered an end-to-end digital replacement to Sporting Life, a subsidiary of Sky Betting & Gaming.

BJSS worked closely with Sporting Life to understand their existing technology estate and strategic requirements. This resulted in Sporting Life’s legacy online service, which was first introduced in 1996, being completely reengineered.

Delivered with the BJSS Enterprise Agile approach and using Open Source technologies, BJSS developed and replaced the Sporting Life online platform and built a complementary set of enterprise-grade iOS and Android mobile applications.

The digital replacement also included significant back-end development with a bespoke Content Management System that enables rapidly-changing content to be quickly published.

Substantial performance improvements created a level of service which is unmatched by Sporting Life’s competition. The entire service was migrated to the public Cloud, providing the flexibility required to accommodate spikes in demand seen during popular sporting events.

BJSS has extensive experience in successfully delivering complex distributed software systems. The initial iteration of the new Sporting Life website was delivered in February 2017, ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest highlights of the horseracing calendar.

Stuart Bullock, BJSS head of client services, says: “This was an ambitious project which reengineered Sporting Life’s digital presence. Moving it to the Cloud, our client has improved its user experience while saving time and money, which can now be deployed elsewhere.”

Andrew Evans, Sky Betting & Gaming head of super affiliates, says: “The BJSS team worked closely with us to ensure that our online presence continues to support our market-leading position. BJSS, with its Enterprise Agile approach, and expertise in Cloud and Open Source, has ensured that our Sportinglife.com service is scalable, high-performance and feature-rich, allowing us to quickly provide compelling sporting content to our customers.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

About BJSS:

BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach. www.bjss.com

About Sky Betting & Gaming:

Headquartered in Leeds and led by Chief Executive, Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming was formed in 2001 and has since grown to become one of the UK’s leading online bookmakers, with a team of around 1,100 employees and a strong track record of innovation. As one of the first bookmakers to recognise the potential of online and then mobile platforms for betting and gaming, Sky Betting & Gaming today operates five major online products – Bet, Vegas, Casino, Poker, and Bingo – as well as leading sports affiliate Oddschecker. In 2015 Sky Betting and Gaming became an independent company following the sale of its majority share by its parent company Sky to CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity houses in a deal which valued Sky Betting and Gaming at £800million. Sky has entered into a long-term brand license agreement and other commercial arrangements with Sky Betting and Gaming in connection with the sale.

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BJSS and Aspect partner to bring technology transformation to commodities trading firms

16 February 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, and Aspect, the leading provider of cloud commodity trading and risk management solutions, today announced a strategic partnership. The companies will guide commodities trading houses in best practices and processes through implementation and integration of AspectCTRM, Aspect’s flagship product.

Amir Soufizadeh, BJSS head of commodities and utilities, says: “We’re thrilled to partner with Aspect and bring our expertise in CTRM deployment and integration expertise in support of Aspect’s market leading solution. Aspect plays a major role in the global distribution of commodities through its cloud software.”

BJSS has delivered many successful engagements to several clients in the energy and commodities trading sectors. Specific expertise includes integrating CTRM systems, architecture optimization and bespoke software development.

According to Seetha Bansil, Chief Financial Officer at Aspect, “Over the past two years we’ve grown so quickly with expanded sales and marketing efforts, that we expect BJSS’ expertise to help us on-board new clients fast, efficiently and cost effectively throughout Europe and the U.S.”

For more information about BJSS and the Aspect Partner Program (APP), visit http://www.aspectenterprise.com/partners/.

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

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BJSS named one of Europe’s 100 leading companies

13 February 2017: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that for the second consecutive year it has been named as the recipient of a Ruban d’Honneur in the 2016/17 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

BJSS was selected from 33,000 entries across Europe by a panel of independent judges because it displayed the core values of innovation, ethics and success. The company is one of 110 companies to be awarded a Ruban d’Honneur, and one of only 14 to be selected from the UK.

The European Business Awards was set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. BJSS will now undertake an in depth face-to-face interview with the judging panel to determine whether it is the winner of one of the 11 categories of the 2016/17 European Business Awards. Winners will be announced at the Gala Final on May 4 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Glynn Robinson, managing director at BJSS, said: “The BJSS team is passionate about delivering technical excellence, so we are honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Ruban d’Honneur in the European Business Award. As one of only 14 companies to be selected from the UK, and one of a handful to have been awarded for two consecutive years in the contest’s history, the Ruban d’Honneur is a testament to our obsession with quality and customer satisfaction. We’re delighted that this has again been recognised at an international level.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and grow as this year’s Ruban D’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to BJSS.”

For further information about the winners, the European Business Awards and RSM please go to www.businessawardseurope.com or www.rsmi.com.

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

European Business Awards Press Office:

Vanessa Wood
Tel: +44 796 6666 657
Email: vanessa.wood@businessawardseurope.com

About BJSS:

BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach. www.bjss.com

About the European Business Awards:

The European Business Awards’ primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. For all citizens of Europe, prosperity, social and healthcare systems are reliant on businesses creating an even stronger, more innovative, successful, international and ethical business community – one that forms the beating heart of an increasingly globalised economy.

The European Business Awards programme serves the European business community in three ways:

  • It celebrates and endorses individuals’ and organisations’ success
  • It provides and promotes examples of excellence for the business community to aspire to
  • It engages with the European business community to create debate on key issues

 

The European Business Awards is now in its 10th year. This year it engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. Last year’s public vote generated over 227,000 votes from across Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE and PR Newswire. www.businessawardseurope.com.

About RSM:

RSM is the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, encompassing over 120 countries, 793 offices and more than 41,200 people internationally. The network’s total fee income is US$4.8 billion.

RSM is the lead sponsor and corporate champion of the European Business Awards promoting commercial excellence and recognition of entrepreneurial brilliance.

RSM is a member of the Forum of Firms, with the shared objective to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide.

RSM is the brand used by a network of independent accounting and advisory firms each of which practices in its own right. RSM International Limited does not itself provide any accounting and advisory services. Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and in serving the international professional service needs of their client base. www.rsm.global

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BJSS and Turinglab partner to advance STEM education in the UK

7 February 2017: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery focused IT consultancy, today announces a community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to teaching fundamental coding skills to school children aged between 11 and 16. The partnership will see BJSS finance 100 scholarships each year for children from low income families, initially in Leeds and Manchester. BJSS will also play a key delivery role, providing Turinglab with pro-bono software development expertise, in addition to marketing and commercial support.

Turinglab was founded by Sam Green and Henry Lake in 2015 with the aim of improving digital-skill focused STEM education in the UK. The 10-week long programme teaches computing skills in a blended-learning environment supported by local Turinglab-trained university students, and a creative project-based software tool with content designed specifically for children. The organisation has already provided over 5,000 hours of learning as the delivery partner to the outreach and diversity initiatives of Imperial College London’s Department of Computing.

In addition to BJSS’ financial and commercial investments, and to support both organisation’s desire to improve STEM and Computing education in the UK, Dr. Glynn Robinson, managing director of BJSS, will join the Turinglab advisory board. This will aid the development of the programme, ensuring that it continues to address the key skills required by the UK technology sector, and will also help Turinglab to expand across the northern UK.

Glynn Robinson, MD at BJSS, said: “Our community investment in Turinglab is a fantastic demonstration of how students, business and universities are collaborating to address the UK’s IT skills gap. We’re especially excited about helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds learn more about technology and ensuring that they are not excluded from Britain’s digital future.”

Sam Green, Founder of Turinglab, said: “BJSS is the perfect partner for us to drive and expand our programme across the UK. We created Turinglab to pass on skills we thought were crucial to the next generation in an increasingly digital world. Never has it been more critical for the UK to address the digital skills gap, and we’re delighted to be working with BJSS to help make this vision a reality.”

Professor Susan Eisenbach, Imperial College London, adds: “We are in the digital age and those without digital skills will be left behind. The evidence shows that girls and children from low-income families are disengaging early on precluding them from providing digital solutions in the future. Imperial College Department of Computing has been very pleased to support Turinglab’s Saturday programming classes for girls and low-income children. We do this because we believe that they excite children about computing and help them develop digital skills. This is a long term goal and we are pleased that organisations such as BJSS are supporting Turinglab to deliver similar programmes throughout Britain.”

For more information on the course, please visit: www.turinglab.co.uk/north

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

About BJSS

BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

About Turinglab

Turinglab is an education technology organisation working to empower the next generation with digital skills. We develop software and teaching resources to support more engaging and educational computing classes – some of which we run ourselves. It has been operating since the summer of 2015, and currently works with Imperial College Department of Computing to deliver its coding outreach programme. As part of the initiative, children have delivered more than 1,600 coding projects, with 90% of the children stating that they wanted to code more.

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