Telefonica hosts Thames Valley branch at Skills for the future at Telefonica

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Posted by APM on 21st Nov 2014

Dareen Beasant, Telefonica's UK Head of IT delivery, invited Thames Valley branch members to Telefonica UK's Slough headquarters to introduce the ways in which Telefonica works, in IT delivery in particular, to embrace diversity. 

Telefonica is dedicated to encouraging diversity and young talent, and has been running a number of successful schemes for some years. The audience heard how Telefonica is developing schemes related to skills for the future to encourage young people into IT and project management careers.

This event centred on the journeys of two Telefonica employees who are ambassadors for developing skills for the future, and how Telefonica is working to encourage diversity in IT. The speakers, Amber Hayward and Ellie Buczko joined Telefonica as part of the Talentum scheme for apprentices and graduates, and have been working to promote skills for the future in local schools to encourage young people to follow careers within IT and project management.

Ellie Buczko joined Telefnica as an Advanced Apprentice after finishing her A Levels and taking a step back from busking on the streets of York. Since joining O2 in 2011, she has largely been involved with working on the Smart Metering Project implementing the service management fundamentals to align with the ISO standards. Ellie's career path within Telefonica has included project manager for IT infrastructure, managing the infrastructure build of blue prism technology prior to the Olympics. She has now settled into a permanent role as a Service Delivery Manager for O2 Unify. Ellie is passionate about encouraging young females to consider a career in technology and apprenticeships. She regularly supports the shaping and delivery of Telefonica's ‘Inspiring You’ sessions and presents a keynote speech on her experience to the annual Telefonica skills show.

Amber Hayward moved to Leeds from the north of Scotland after starting her career managing a chain of family-owned pre-school education centres, and graduating from university with a business management and marketing degree. She travelled around East Africa working voluntarily in local communities, organising charity projects and teaching English, before starting on the Telefonica Advanced Apprenticeship Programme in September 2012. Since joining O2, Amber has gained experience in internal financial services and project-related roles within the Operations directorate; was given the opportunity to question David Cameron on the value of apprenticeships at a live press event; and is regularly involved in helping to plan and deliver career sessions for young women as part of the ‘Inspiring You’ initiative. In February 2014, Amber was offered a role as a Junior IT project test lead and since then has been responsible for requirements traceability for the smart metering implementation programme, currently managing the test governance for two significant online projects.

 

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