Finding and developing local talent & creating a diverse, scalable software talent pipeline into giffgaff.
To help giffgaff on its mission to make its products and services better for its customers, placing its tech teams at the forefront of innovation. giffgaff believes in the power of diversity and creating an equitable, fair & inclusive working environment that champions different ideas and perspectives.
Hatch partnered with giffgaff to create The Software Engineer Academy, hiring ‘undiscovered’ talent with enormous potential but who had previously faced barriers-to-entry into tech. The partnership included a 12-week training bootcamp in the way giffgaff does things when it comes to developing its code.
The Academy encompassed technical theory alongside the key skills, methodologies and practices that giffgaff teams use day-to-day, from HTML and CSS, UX, React and ReactNative, to TDD and Pair Programming.
It also developed key business & interpersonal skills, and taught the cohort everything from critical thinking & problem-solving to conflict resolution & stakeholder management, so they could really hit-the-ground-running from the moment they landed in their new roles.
Finally, the full Academy delivery took place at giffgaff’s headquarters in Uxbridge – “the gaff” – to truly immerse the cohort in giffgaff’s culture, enable them to build strong relationships with one another, their future teams and other colleagues, and to enable giffgaff’s leadership team to deliver key aspects of the programme using its own onboarding, learning and development strategies, and technical content and materials.
Over a 4-week, localised campaign, the Academy received:
- 10,000+ engagements across outreach channels
- 500+ application assessments
- 219 passed assessments
- 24 top-performers shortlisted
- 11 hired & onboarded by giffgaff
- 24% of applicants identified as female
- 73% of applicants represented ethnic minority backgrounds
- 10% of applicants voluntarily disclosed disability or neurodiversity
- 49% of applicants were career-changers and career returners
- 51% of applicants were ‘bedroom coders’ with self-taught skills
Where are they now?
All 11 candidates have now been fully deployed into their product teams as Junior Engineers and are contributing to giffgaff’s ongoing tech innovation.
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