This is my first blog post, so a quick introduction; I’m Ian, and I look after the digital team’s corporate relations and partnerships, ensuring we have the right skills, resources and people to deliver our plans.
It’s no secret that finding and securing the best digital talent is important for many organisations, including the Co-op.
Simply put, there isn’t enough to go around. Addressing this is the domain of people like Makers’ Academy, who think the solution is to find a way for more developers to enter the market. They offer a 12-week intensive course, taking people through a curriculum which they believe results in job-ready junior developers. More than 600 people have completed the course so far. That number is growing. They’ve now introduced remote learning too.
— Danielle H-Wilson (@MrsDHW) August 17, 2016
A few of us from CoopDigital (myself, Danielle Haugedal-Wilson, Paul Furley and new recruit Gemma Cameron) visited them in East London. We spoke about the Co-op, the journey we’re on and the opportunities we have.
I’m delighted that the 170 year-old Co-op was so well received by this group of Shoreditch based digital natives. They were interested not only in our digital plans and our ways of working but also in the Co-op business model, our values and the advantages of membership. We talked to them about some of the incredibly interesting problems we have to solve, bringing benefits to our colleagues, members and communities.
One of the founding principles of the Co-op is helping our members to help themselves, so we also need to determine what this means for us in a digital age. We hope the chance to help Co-op solve those problems attracts some great people. It certainly seems to be working so far.
It seems it’s not just us who are excited by these prospects, also new digital professionals looking for a challenge can see the potential in the Co-op. So much so that most of those we spoke to at Makers’ Academy are planning a visit to Manchester this week.
See our vacancies in Co-op’s digital team here.
Head of Strategic Growth and Partnerships