In 2021 we established our DEI strategy, focusing on meaningful inclusivity rather than ticking tokenistic boxes and chasing statistics. We created an internal DEI Board and rolled out DEI Workshops which has stimulated conversation on important topics, and has helped to foster a culture of openness and inclusivity.
Our DEI Board has been pivotal in rolling out some really positive initiatives - such as establishing gender neutral parental policies and increasing the length of paternity leave.
We are also currently working on a programme to, over time, increase the diversity of not just CTS, but the tech industry as a whole. There is still a long way to go when it comes to diversifying the tech industry.
To make this happen, we currently offer a one day workshop called “Intro to GCP” to anyone that is interested in attending it, no prior experience required. It does exactly what it says on the tin, it is an introduction to Google Cloud, covering topics such as “what actually is the cloud?” and commonly used Google Cloud products. Once these aspiring engineers have completed our workshop they are added to an online community where they receive learning materials and ongoing support from our very own CTS Platform Engineering team.
We aspire to get these individuals to a point where they can successfully pass their Google Professional Cloud Architect certification and as a result they are able to start their career in tech at CTS, or even one of our competitors.