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Mentoring

Mentoring is a powerful tool for personal growth that we utilise every day here at Doris. Ex-Doris employee Guy offers his insights into its value in our latest blog: What does mentoring mean to me? For me, mentoring is not just about sitting down with someone to document your personal development in a structured way (although this is one part), but mentoring is much broader than that. Mentoring can be simply having a chat with an experienced colleague while making a brew or noting down how a team member confidently and clearly facilitates a meeting. My point is that you

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We interact with technology every day. From social media pages to blogs to emails and online banking, the ways in which we use tech create the diversity to express ourselves. Despite this, 1/3 of the LGBT community would not consider a career in STEM due to fear of discrimination. I’m here to talk about my journey as a part of both the LGBT community and the tech industry. I began my journey in tech with Doris IT. They stood out to me as a vibrant, fresh company that brought new and bright individuals into the industry. Doris truly embrace the

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Fellow millennials, are you burdened with the sensation that you’re always working towards the next good chapter of your life? Millennials have a bad rep. We’re snowflakes, we’re lazy, we’re entitled. We’re born into an easy life. I know these mere stereotypes don’t apply to myself, nor my millennial friends and colleagues, yet the frustration that these mystery millennials are giving us a poor reputation is very much a reality. A recent conversation with my housemate got me thinking about why we’re branded in such a light, and I started looking into the ‘millennial condition’. Whenever the term ‘millennial’ is

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For many of you, graduation is now on the horizon. Just one final sprint of study and sleepless nights before you can celebrate! But what does life after uni look like? I’m here to debunk some of those graduation myths and set you on the right track. The myths… “You can only look for jobs in your degree field” Here at Doris, we specialise in placing graduates of all backgrounds in tech and business roles. And guess what? Only 28% of our employees have a Business or IT related degree. Sure, having a STEM subject or business degree can put

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From Software Testing to Architecture, learning and developing with Doris for 5 years… Tom, 24, has been with Doris for over 5 years after starting his career with us. Tom applied for our apprenticeship scheme straight after receiving his A Level results and has been with us ever since. Completing Level 3 Advanced and Level 4 IT and Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals Apprenticeship in just 2 years, a cohort of 10 apprentices worked together to launch their careers in IT back in 2013. ‘I found Doris after googling ‘IT Apprentices’ and sifting through the applications to find something I

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As an industry, we need to be preparing for an uncertain future and building a secure and successful Talent Pipeline is the best way to start. Here’s why… 1. Talent Pipelines shorten time to hire: Re-actively sourcing candidates after an opportunity opens is stressful and time consuming. From wading through a limited pool of applicant CVs to organising staged interviews, the process is a tall order on top of BAU. Creating a talent pipeline allows you to attract the right people in advance of the rush. So, when the time comes around, you are comfortable that great candidates are already

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Recruitment is changing. Time and cost of hiring is on the rise, and companies are stumbling over the limited pool of tech-savvy candidates amidst the digital skills gap, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a good fit for your team if you don’t plan ahead. After working with the industry to combat these challenges for the past 6 years, we are observing more businesses turning away from acting when a position becomes available, or ‘reactive recruiting’, and instead adopting the new best practice: proactively attracting talent before roles become available. So, what does it mean to build a ‘Talent Pipeline’?

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By Doris’er Mickey! I started working for Doris in November 2017, just a few months after graduating from the University of Liverpool. I studied geography at uni, and like a lot of students and graduates, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted a so-called “proper” job, and I knew I wanted to move back to a big city, but I had no idea what area I wanted to work in. Before I started my first Doris assignment as a PMO Analyst at Swinton Insurance, I didn’t really know what project management was. I never

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How ‘Doris Does Netball’ has supported and helped to shape our mental and physical well-being policy. Over the past few months Purple Reign have seen a huge difference, not only their physical health but in their mental health too. It is a well known fact now that exercise and sport lead to increased wellbeing and happiness, so I asked the Doris Netball team why they thought this was and how playing a weekly game of netball has made them happier and healthier. Firstly I asked how Netball had increased their overall fitness and what this meant to them. Purple reign

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Hi I’m Laura and I am currently on my first assignment with Doris working as a Finance Analyst at Co-op Group Head Office in Manchester where I began in March 2018. I look after a lot of the resource and Purchase Order budgets for the programme which means I get to deal with a lot of the major senior Stakeholders for the company which is really exciting. I fell in love with the city immediately and decided this opportunity was worth the commute from Liverpool every day. On my first day I decided to read a long-forgotten book on the

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How to be a hipster

January 7, 2019

Some people think that being a Hipster is essential criteria for working at a tech start up … Doris’er Katie is here to tell you it isn’t but if you still have the urge then please see below… Some people are born hipster, and some people have hipster thrust upon them… but if like me you just go through life trying not to fall down curbs and buying clothes because they sorta fit your body then read my ‘How to Guide’ on becoming a Hipster. Step 1. Dress like you’ve spent a lot of money on expensive clothes, but also

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Digital Transformation

December 21, 2018

In today’s business environment it is hard to think of a company that doesn’t use some form of technology. From food to the travel industry it is becoming a crucial part of business’ daily operations and their ability to innovate. For most companies becoming digitally apt isn’t just about keeping up with trends or spending spare cash on new technology to keep employees happy. But it’s a mindset that needs to be embraced in order to survive. Who would have thought 10 years ago that a sat nav, a mobile app and the ability to connect independent drivers to people

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By Andrew Churchill (the one on the left in the photograph!) Technology has always been a passion of mine; its possibilities are virtually limitless, and the opportunities it can offer continue to expand as it advances year upon year. I therefore made the tough decision in December 2017 to pursue a new career in IT and leave the teaching world behind, and I haven’t looked back since. I was initially apprehensive about joining a career in technology after leaving teaching – the thought of having to learn a new ‘business language’, a new organisation structure (much larger than I was

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One of the interesting things about working in IT and Change is the huge variety in roles that make up the sector.  Many people move across different job types, including developers, testers, project managers, business analysts and data scientists.  The market is becoming increasingly diverse, with various job titles that are popular now not having existed only a few years ago.  When I joined the job market, anyone with “mobile” in their title had a role that involved driving a van or a car, and a data miner was most probably a mis-spelling. One of the roles that many of

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Doris Does Netball

October 31, 2018

After much deliberation and planning, the Doris Netball team has been formed! Purple Reign made their debut last week playing Firebirds! Our first match in an established league taking place at St Trinity High C of E in Manchester. The team consisted of captain Emma, vice-captain Jess, Laura, Grace, Zoe, Alice, Philippa, Camilla and Katie. It was the first time that we’d played together as a team in a competitive environment which was a daunting reality at first. Nevertheless we worked together and showed true grit and determination despite a hard and testing game. Having only had minimal training sessions

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Doris Values by Katie

October 9, 2018

Doris Values Most companies develop core values as a way of showcasing what they believe in, why they set up camp in the first place and how they want to continue doing business. They often underpin the mission, every strategic action and organisational process made. Acting as the foundations of a company’s culture they’re a good way to measure if a company does exactly as they say they will or not. But most commonly they’re a good way of attracting talent and customers with the same values and retaining staff who believe in their overall mission. Having worked for Doris

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Doris Does Agile

September 3, 2018

In today’s digital landscape one of the key drivers of a successful business is to be an agile organisation and Doris is providing a platform to all its employees to be ahead of the curve. Agile, in theory, is a simple concept to understand and fundamentally describes continuous change; it can be seen as a radical alternative to command and control style management. It is very easy for an organisation to label itself as agile, to say they are adopting agile principles however what I have learned through experience is you can’t just adopt it, you have to live it

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Over the past few months Doris’ers have been coming to us with their amazing Charity ideas and initiatives and we just had to shout about them! Alongside Laudale, Matt and Ethan ran the Manchester 10k Run with some familiar faces, Andy Wolfe and Alec Laurie! The weather was very hot and Ethan finished the race with another familiar face, Andy Burnham, Manchester’s Metro Mayor! They raised over £2000 for MIND, the mental health charity supporting anyone in need so no one has to go through it alone. The 3 peaks Challenge was successfully combated by The Doris Co-op Team! Grace,

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Hi, I’m Chris, I’ve been with Doris for 2 and half years, now on my 3rd  customer assignment working at the Co-op Group as a PMO Analyst. I wanted to share the story of how I and a few others joined Doris … Before I joined I studied at University and for the extra money worked at Asda, where I worked for 7 years throughout my college and university days. Working across nearly every department in the store and building experience and sharpening those all-important soft skills. The great thing about working there wasn’t the 3am starts, nope certainty not,

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Read enough GDPR articles? Hopefully this one can help shed some light! Did you enjoy the photo of Doris’er Sultaan, taking on GDPR!?! We’re surrounded by this kind of fresh innovative talent who have been immersed in high profile GDPR projects and delivering fantastic results for our customers. Keep an eye out for our #MillennialsMondays Video Podcast about GDPR this month which will condense the phenomenon into a short enjoyably digestible video! GDPR is correcting the balance of power of your data. Take advantage and get to know what it means for you. Check out what the Doris’ers, who are

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How to learn code by Doris’er Dan Shaw… I was first introduced to coding around 4 years ago at university. I used a program called matlab to solve mathematical problems. For my dissertation I wrote a program for a simplified Poker game, this is when I really began to enjoy coding, with coding you can create simulations of real life problems and run them to gain information to help you solve those problems. This is when I realised the power of coding and how it could help me in a future career. To learn a coding language can seem quite

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There is nothing more nerve racking then thinking… where do I go next? The daily hustle and bustle of university life is now over, you have partied your way through university, deprived yourself of sleep for the entirety of your third year to perfect that dissertation. And now it has come to an end and everyone is leaving in their different directions including yourself. But are you ready? See some people are very organised and have been waiting for this moment all their lives. Some people decide to travel the world. The rest, well the rest just didn’t quite prepare

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Working life can seem like an incredibly daunting prospect when all you have previously been used to is a maximum of 10 hours a week of lectures and seminars. Will I manage to get a job? And if so what will it be? I don’t have any expertise so what will I do? Most of us have had some of these worrying thoughts at some point in our lives and never is this more the case than in your final year of university. First of all, a little about me- I’ll try not to bore you too much but it

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Doris Gets FIT!

February 15, 2018

We are getting FIT at Doris IT. Mentally and physically looking after ourselves and all of our employees. After undertaking research last year in how to motivate millennials in the workplace and appeal to their priorities we found this: ‘’As a group, millennials are redefining wellness and changing how following generations will view health. Their preferences for fun, personalised workouts and holistic wellness have fuelled trends with far-reaching implications for the food, tech and healthcare industries, and that’s just the start.’’ In support of this, we want to raise the awareness and importance of having a well-balanced lifestyle among our

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As the clock struck midnight on the 31st of December many of us were celebrating the end of another year and may have even found ourselves committing to a ‘New Year, New Me’. Every now and then, we need to take stock of where we are, and ask ourselves those difficult questions that many of us tend to avoid thinking about. Am I happy in my current position? If not, why not? What can I change to make myself happier or more successful? What is my ultimate career objective and am I on track to achieve it? I think we

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A review of the Northern Digital Strategy Jobs Report Themes and how Doris aids the Digital Skills Gap by Donny James 1. Create a Northern Digital Skills Network to connect, coordinate and drive digital skills activity in the North, in line with the Digital Skills Partnership agenda (19%). • Doris provides opportunities to young people, graduates and otherwise, to enter into the IT/Digital workforce. Each Doriser is supported in their learning to improve themselves for their own role (or a future aspiration) and upon completion is asked to report on the efficacy of the training they used. This feedback is

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We are pleased to announce that Doris IT and Capgemini are collaborating to bring the next generation of experts into our industry! In June 2017, we began working together to bring fresh talent into thriving businesses in need of new capability and innovation, and to help lower the digital skills gap. To tell you about life on the ground here is Aaron, an original Doris IT employee going into his 5th year with us! “After 3 years working in IT on assignment at The Co-operative Bank as an OAT Test Analyst, I had gained a lot of experience. I was

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If you haven’t seen our #MillennialsMondays Video Podcasts, where have you been?! Doris has created a platform for Millennials to voice opinions on current affairs and topics that will affect our future. In September, we filmed some amazing video podcasts with local digital industry experts and most importantly, successful and inspiring Millennials! #1 To kick off the series, Amy, our host, spoke to Matt and Clare; 2 Doris team members who recruit Millennials everyday to work for us across the North West. We chatted about ‘the stereotypical techie’ and how perceptions of ‘techie’ people and ‘techie’ roles are changing. #2

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A brilliant blog written by the CoderSpace team in Liverpool as we’re building a brilliant relationship with them and shaping the future!! “We ​believe ​there ​is ​a ​better ​way ​of ​teaching ​the ​skills ​needed ​to ​become ​a software ​developer ​and ​it ​is ​our ​mission ​to ​provide ​high ​quality ​and ​engaging instruction. ​Every ​day ​we ​look ​to ​innovate ​and ​empower ​those ​who ​want ​to become ​software ​developers. ​Building ​on ​our ​relationships ​with ​local employers ​and ​partners ​in ​the ​technology, ​creative ​and ​digital ​sectors, ​we provide ​the ​essential ​skills ​to ​get ​your ​foot ​in ​the ​door ​of ​this ​growing ​and well-paid ​sector.”

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Blog written by Doris’er Grace, who is on assignment at The Co-op Group! I was just thinking about what we were talking about in the office yesterday with Millennials feeling differently about the work place and it inspired my to write this short blog! Every year, graduates and young professionals relocate in droves from their home towns, to find jobs in the cities. The North-West region is no exception to this, with Manchester making it into the top 25 of Nestpicks’ ‘Millennial Cities Ranking’, which rates locations across the world based on how desirable they are to millennials. Often defined

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The big giant elephant in the big giant corporate looking room is the big giant skills gap that will not go away unless we do something about it. At each of the Tech networking events I’ve been to in the past year, this has been a hot topic of discussion. A popular but seriously repetitive and therefore increasingly frustrating topic. Things that are said are: – The Skills Gap could seriously damage our industry in less than 10 years time – There are certain companies who recognise the skills gap – Certain companies are addressing these serious issues From my

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An article about how wrestling helps my journey of self development with Doris IT! Hi, I’m Alex. I work for Doris IT as a Junior Business Configuration Analyst at Swinton Insurance. Well, that’s my day job, by night, I go by the moniker of Alex Bentley, professional wrestler. A lot of people have the same reaction to professional wrestling, “wait, isn’t that fake?” And I totally understand that. Fake may be the wrong word but I know what they are trying to say. Predetermined would be a better way to phrase it, there is nothing fake about 90% of it,

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Everyday Hero’s

August 3, 2017

One of the things The Co-operative Bank does in recognition of their staff is to award Everyday Hero awards, which we think is a brilliant idea and really makes the team feel appreciated. In the image above you can see some feedback that a customer gave to Katie, one of our Doris team members out on assignment at The Bank in Manchester, when she was awarded the Everyday Hero Award and who has been doing an amazing job on their Telephony and OS Upgrade project. Since writing this blog another Doris’er, Nic, has also been awarded this award by his

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The Doris Boost Bar

July 13, 2017

Written by Daniel Lee I finished my first placement as an IT Trainee in IT Security at the Co-operative Bank on December 16th then was given the opportunity to work on the Doris Boost Bar. The Boost Bar is the team of Doris people who are currently either in-between customer assignments or working together on an internal Doris IT projects such as developing the Doris App, website and training projects. Here’s a breakdown of the things I’ve been up to over the last few months: January Learning how to manage the internal Doris Wiki Taking over the management of the

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On Monday 3rd April, Doris moved into a brand new office space in Liverpool City Centre. Our Doris HQ is now located in The Cotton Exchange on Old Hall Street! It’s modern and an innovative hub of creativity and excitement! As Doris grows, we are bringing the next generation with us. We have now enabled the start of over 100 amazing careers and we won’t stop there. Our new office will be the centre of all this and it was brilliant to invite the whole team to an office warming breakfast in May. The history of our amazing new building:

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#TheCoopWay

May 11, 2017

Join Us. The Co-operative Group and Doris IT. Doris began working with The Co-op Group in 2013 to bring in the next generation of IT, Business and Digital professionals. The Co-op is an organisation founded on a different set of values and principles to the average organisation. Their principles are of great importance to them and they aim to find a better, fairer way of doing business. Their values are: Self-help Self-responsibility Democracy Equality Equity Solidarity They share Doris’s belief that giving everyone the opportunity to develop is what creates successful projects and teams. One of their key aims is

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Five things Doris thinks you should do every day in order to maintain a healthy, successful and enjoyable work-life balance.

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28 Days Later…

March 2, 2017

During the calm after storm Doris shocked the nation this February (she won’t be forgotten in a hurry) we decided to reflect what else Doris has done in these 28 memorable days. In a non leap year February, we are deprived of those extra couple of days in which to cram in all the work we have to do in the average month! January plodded slowly along, then February seemed to fly by and then suddenly we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year! So, this month we decided to track what we achieved in the shortest month

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Doris is a Geek!

February 3, 2017

Doris is proud to announce that we are an official partner of the Liverpool Girl Geeks! 23rd January 2017 marks the official date that Doris IT joined forces with the brilliant Liverpool Girl Geeks to develop and celebrate the emerging Tech talent that Liverpool and the North West have to offer. The relationship began last year when I met Chelsea and Jo (Liverpool Girl Geek Directors) at the Thinking Digital Manchester Event in October and we got chatting about the exciting potential that the next generation has to offer in the digital sector. Chelsea told me about how much LGG

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Doris’s New Year Resolutions! First of all, a big Happy New Year from everyone at Doris IT! Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016 and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2017! We wanted to share Doris’s New Year resolutions with you and hopefully encourage you to think up some of your own! Be Brave – we endeavour to be brave and not afraid to try new things! We think 2017 should be about new ideas, new ways of doing things and most of all new people coming in and changing the face of IT!Throughout 2016 we gathered

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Testing Doris…

December 2, 2016

Shop Direct and Doris in Conversation about Testing! Testing is a big thing:  According to Murphy’s law, Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And so testing is born. Testing is necessary and testing is a great tool. Since 2013 Doris IT has been aspiring to develop the next generation of testing specialists and bring them into the real world of testing. We work with some fantastic companies and individuals who support our vision and are enabling the future of testing by providing real world opportunities for Doris Testing Trainees. American author Tom Bodett says: ‘In school, you’re taught

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We’re going to take away any mystery there is about getting a job with Doris or working with Doris as a customer to develop the next generation. Here to give you an insight is Aisha! She joined Doris in July 2016 straight out of university! Aisha: The Graduate Trainee I had my interview with Doris in January 2016, whilst I was still in my third year at University. I was studying Computer Science and Maths at The University of Manchester and I knew I wanted to go straight into work once I’d finished my exams in June. The Application Process:

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How to be a Millennial at Work: 10 things Doris thinks you should know about what it’s like to be a ‘Millennial’ in the world of work today. Written by Amy Gornall, Millennial and proud. First of all: Who are Millennials? Wikipedia – a source of information which we millennials relied upon throughout our high school homework career – says that ‘Millennials’ are … Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y, abbreviated to Gen Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s

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I’ve always tried to look for opportunities. Back in high school when you have to make arguably your first big decision in life on what to study at college, I decided to study a BTEC in Public Services rather than A levels. I was looking at the bigger picture and thinking about the skills I wanted to have years down the line. I gained an insight into a breadth of subjects and built skills which can apply to a role in any walk of life, this was perfect for me as I wasn’t sure what profession I wanted to get

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@itSMFUKNorthReg Doris has attended 2 itSMF Events in the past few months. Firstly, a huge thank you to Anna Leyland for keeping us updated and informed on these fantastic events! Secondly, thank you to Caroline and Matt for writing about their experiences and for representing Doris at the events this year, we look forward to the next one already. Words from Caroline: I was invited to the North region ITSMF event held at Fujitsu’s Manchester office. The event is targeted at organisations that are interested in or are currently supporting ITSM projects and services. It promotes ITSM best practices and

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Doris Conference Diaries: By Amy Gornall Those of you out there who have planned a Business Conference before will be smiling slyly to yourselves knowing that it isn’t a straight forward task and will probably snigger at the innocent positivity I show in the early stages of these diaries. Those of you who haven’t planned a conference but have attended one may be wondering ‘how hard can it be’ – my only message to you is that, you’re probably right, it isn’t that hard to plan a conference, but it does take a lot of hard work and collaboration to

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Interviewees: Paul Ainsworth, Martin Mountford and Chris Potter I recently had the privilege of interviewing three Doris employees who work in ‘techie’ areas out on customer assignments. Although they humbly disagreed with me calling them ‘techie experts,’ from my perspective, their jobs require a great deal of technical and intricate knowledge of the systems they work with. Here’s what I found out… Paul, Martin and Chris sit across from me looking expectant. We sit in the basement of a tall glass building in the middle of Manchester City Centre. We laugh because they can tell I’m not in my comfort

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Tell us a bit about you? Hello! My name is Lisa Tappin and I’ve been a Doris Mentor for 1 year and 4 months now. I began working in IT 30 years ago (eek!) and have worked at many Blue Chip organisations across the North West. From Barclays, ICLMC (now Fitjitsu Siemans) to Reality Group (now Shop Direct Group) and AstraZeneca where I mostly specialised in IT Service Management and Support roles. Why did you decide to apply to become a Doris Mentor? I wanted to be part of something that meant something to other people not just to itself.

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Situated in an up and coming area of Liverpool, The Baltic Triangle, The Studio School is a creative media and digital school which specialises in professional computer and digital technology. Doris is working in partnership with the school to bring the next generation of tech talent into the working world. The Studio School have a different approach to education, an approach that is ahead of the curve and responds quickly to the real world. Their dedication to truly prepare their students for real working life is a passion Doris shares. I attended the Showcase yesterday and was, as always, met

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Everybody who is anybody in the North West digital world was there, including us! Fun, informative and planned to perfection. There were so many great speakers. Some I particularly enjoyed were Paul Clennel from Dock10 who spoke about ‘What is Digital?’ He gave us a new perspective on engaging with our customers and on doing business entirely! And Colin Wood, from O2, suggested that success comes from ‘doing something old, in a new way.’ I thought this summed up Doris really well. Colin gave the example of Uber, who have taken the idea of ‘getting a taxi’ and completely flipped

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What is your Doris story? After deciding I didn’t want to go to university, I felt ready for the world of work. I spent a long time on Google being very picky about the perfect apprenticeship scheme for me. I came across Doris, an innovative company who were partnering up with The Co-operative Group and a training provider to create an apprenticeship that would stand out from the rest. Doris had set up a two year Apprenticeship and specifically picked out modules that would suit our job roles within the Bank and the Group. After my application, the interview process

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What is your Doris Story? I started working for Doris in October 2013. It was a complete change of direction in terms of my career, as I had previously been teaching English as a Foreign Language. I was looking for a role that had a more defined career path as well as job security, and knowing several people who worked in IT, it seemed like a good choice for me. My first placement was within the IT Strategy & Architecture department of a leading high street retail group based in Manchester city centre. I worked as a Strategy & Architecture

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Here’s how one of our trainees got into the festive spirit! Spot the Doris face! A creative talent in our IT team! Our lovely apprentice turned IT Trainee at the Co-operative Group led a group of co-operative employees, collectively named ‘The Cooperettes,’ in creating a series of jolly festive videos in the run up to Christmas. We’re very proud that she is enjoying both work and the activities available for Co-operative employees in their spare time. Here is what she had to say about writing, filming and recording the series of songs and videos for The Co-operative social media sites:

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Doris Does Christmas 2015

December 21, 2015

Christmas 2015 at Doris was a competitive affair! We embarked on a treasure hunt around Manchester. A treasure hunt run by an app would you believe! From Albert Square to Piccadilly Gardens we saw all the festive picturesque sights that Manchester had to offer on that unusually dry evening! Photo and Video challenges, festive quiz questions, selfie op’s and a live scoreboard to keep us competitive throughout and it definitely worked! We had 3 christmas queen’s speeches from our very own royalty Pauline, Sarah and Kath, boat races and terrible terrible christmas cracker jokes! The evening came to a close

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Original Doris Trainee

December 1, 2015

Caroline Trill, Junior IT Project Manager at Doris IT I have been lucky to always have had a way with people. Growing up, I knew I needed to find a career where I could use this talent to the best of my ability. With this in mind, throughout college and university I had been focused on working within a social industry, specifically retail. At A-Level, I studied Business, Maths and IT, a solid foundation for me to study Retail Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time, I also undertook several retail roles which complemented by degree. While this gave

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What is your Doris Story?  A friend of mine used to work with Chris and Kath, and knew that they had left their previous role to set up Doris. Having heard about Doris’ approach at bringing new talent into IT, and not necessarily that of IT graduates, my friend recommended that I apply. I was incredibly excited to do this as I was no longer enjoying my working life and my career felt quite static – I was no longer happy in my role. I remember feeling quite nervous at the interview/group session, as I was one of the older

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From Drama To Doris

October 1, 2015

4 months ago I finished a Drama and Theatre Arts degree at the University of Birmingham and today I work for Doris IT. As the business world became ever more appealing to me throughout my three years at uni I went looking for a full time job. I now work with Doris IT in Business Development, PR and Marketing which involves researching new opportunities for the company, supporting development, meeting new connections and building relationships to engage fresh talent, running our social media and organising events for trainees and staff from meetings to the Christmas do! I spent 1 month

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Last month, our very own Clay Conlon has travelled to the Muzkol Range of Tajikistan to attempt a series of unclimbed peaks around the back of the AkBaikal valley.  Here’s a brief account from Clay: A mountaineering expedition to a remote valley in central Asia is always going to be challenging, and within 24 hours of entering Tajikistan our 4×4 had got stuck in the middle of a raging glacial river and one of the team had to leave us due to an unfortunate combination of altitude sickness and food poisoning. The following 10 days were spent exploring the mountains

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Doris Apprentice Jemma Cowen, working as a Voice Analyst at the The Cooperative, has found new confidence and new friends after joining the Cooperative choir. Jemma has been a member of the choir, known as the ‘Co-operettes’ for just over a year and has performed on several occasions including a Christmas show and with the Halle choirs. The choir meets every Wednesday lunchtime to practice and learn new songs and are always look at opportunities to perform and put on shows. Their last performance was at an International Women’s Day event in Angel Square where they explored the possibility of

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Doris trainee Clay Conlon who is working as a Junior IT Project Manager at United Utilities has recently announced that he is planning another mountain climbing expedition to a remote part of eastern Tajikistan. The area Clay is planning to visit is so remote that there are currently little or no photographs and very limited data on exactly what he will be getting in to. He’s managed to use imagery from Google Earth and some fairly detailed old Soviet era maps to understand more about the area and help plan where the expedition is going. Many of the mountains in

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Rullion Recruitment

Doris and Rullion have announced an agreement to work together to provide IT Trainees to the North West region. Rullion is a leader in the IT recruitment market with a number of subsidiary companies. Its IT Plus division specializes in recruitment for IT, Telecoms and Business Change & Transformation. Lisa McGuinness, Corporate Accounts Director for Rullion said, “We are delighted to be working with Doris on this exciting project. We are inspired by the work Doris does to help young people launch their IT careers. Now we have a partnership in place that can provide the support these youngsters need

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Shortlisted from a total of 2000 apprentices for Apprentice of the Year, Doris apprentices, Harrison Hughes and Jason Faux, made the trip to the award ceremony at the House of Lords on 4th December, with Directors Chris McHugh and Kath Lucass. “We are very proud to have not one but two shortlisted apprentices. That’s quite an achievement in itself.” said Kath Lucass.

Doris Apprentices

At a celebration evening, held at The Hive in Manchester on Thursday 6th November, Doris paid tribute to the successes of both their apprentices and trainees who are playing valuable roles within a range of client organisations. The first group of apprentices to come through the Doris ranks, having successfully completed their first year, were awarded their certificates in front of the evening attendees, including  representatives from Doris’ valued clients, the apprenticeship training provider, Doris management team and, of course, the Doris recruits. In a further success, two of the Doris apprentices, Harrison Hughes & Jason Faux have also been nominated,

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Doris apprentices Harrison Hughes and Jason Faux have been nominated for the Aspire Achieve Advance Apprentice of the Year 2014 award, reflecting their commitment and hard work over the last 12 months. The nominations were made by the training provider that delivers the mandatory learning components of the apprenticeship programme. The awards ceremony will take place in London at the House of Lords on the 4th December. Harrison and Jason are both employed as part of the Doris supported apprenticeship programme within the Cooperative Group. Jason’s role as a test analyst is centred within the Testing Department, whilst Harrison’s role

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Apprenticeships

The Doris apprentices have now successfully completed level 3 and have just had their first training day for level 4. This tremendous achievement, equivalent to 2 A’Levels, is the result of hard work and sees the Doris apprentices demonstrating strong competencies in real-world business and IT skills that will set their careers off to an excellent start. The continued successes of the Doris apprenticeship programmes is a testament to the solid support framework that the Doris mentoring programme offers, the excellent placements and the dedication of the apprentices themselves. In today’s climate of expensive higher education, student loans and a

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Unilever’s Supplier Management Director and Doris Mentor, Tim Laverick led us through his personal tips and hints on how to manage your career. The message we took away and Tim’s very strong advice was to do the simple things well. Doris mentoring establishes this from an early stage in the mentoring process, from writing in a professional manner, to using the correct format when presenting a document to meet business etiquette. Tim explained that if you do the simple things well you will become much more adaptable as your skill range will exceed that of others who focus on merely

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Steve-Briggs

As part of the 2014 Doris ongoing mentoring programme, Steve Briggs, Head of IT Sourcing in The Co-operative Bank presented to our Trainees and Apprentices, giving us all an insight into his colourful career. Steve shared his stories about delivering milk in the early hours of the morning, how he managed to obtain a dynamite license which landed him a job as a ship salvager and even leading a team searching for the remains of the Armada! He told us about being one of a two man ocean yacht crew travelling the world for 6 months and how all these

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Apprentice-Awards

On 20th November 2013, the Doris Directors were invited to The House of Commons to attend the Annual Apprenticeship Awards, introduced by Graham Birtwistle, MP, the only current MP to have completed a full Apprenticeship and an avid supporter of the programme. The awards were presented by Chris Evans, Radio 2 presenter and Louis Smith, Olympic gymnast and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing Champion! Much to our surprise and joy Doris was awarded the Employer Award for its recent work having recruited ten IT apprentices who are now all on assignment at The Co-operative Group in Manchester. On completion of the

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Charity Abseil

November 22, 2013

On the 20th November, four of the Doris team braved the cold and high winds to abseil down all 387ft of the CIS Tower in Manchester.  Stewart, Emily, Toby and Jason were given basic training before taking on the challenge in aid of The Carers Trust.  Onlookers watched as the group dangled from the top of building by one hand whilst having their photographs taken – this really wasn’t a job for the faint hearted. You’ll be glad to know the whole group reached the bottom safely!! If you would like help the guys and contribute to The Carers trust,

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