Through charitable giving, fundraising and our unique social responsibility programme, giving back to our local communities is one of our priorities.
Working together to make a difference
We believe we have a responsibility to give back to local communities. Each year, our staff nominate two different charities to support financially through fundraising activities like bake sales, sponsored runs and raffles.
But it’s more than just raising money. Our people dedicate their time and resources to help to create and run pioneering social outreach initiatives through our own charitable outreach programme, a ground-breaking programme that helps thousands of young people improve their digital skills.
£110,000 donated to charity this year so far
Over 1000 hours of staff time dedicated to volunteering
Social responsibility at Kainos
We believe that it's vital to invest in the next generation of innovators and creators. We’re proud to lead the way with our comprehensive social responsibility programme, helping over 4,000 young people in the last three years.
A key aim is increasing digital skills in local communities and schools, delivered by our people and in partnership with like-minded organisations. From delivering Code Clubs, working with The Prince’s Trust, to working with education authorities and policy makers - we share our knowledge, capture new imaginations and help thousands of young people to make their worlds great.
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Inspire and educate young people to improve their skills
Empower teachers to weave digital literacy through their lessons, confidently and enthusiastically
Break down economic barriers to create equality of opportunity for young people
Encourage our staff to get involved and share their expertise
Influence policy makers to help make IT education better
How we're helping our communities
As well as donating £100,000 by 2019, we work with the Prince’s Trust to help young people increase their technical abilities.
The Kainos Work Experience scheme shows students who are thinking about their first career steps the variety of roles available in a software company, as well as teach the crucial skills required to succeed in a software engineering team. It’s been incredibly rewarding work to see students come in with little or no coding experience really come out of their shells and contribute to a challenging team project.
Work Experience Mentor
Over this past year, I’ve really enjoyed working in partnership with CCEA to build a CPD programme that would allow primary school teachers the opportunity to build their confidence and skills within digital technologies. As well as making a difference in our local community, it’s given me opportunities to build relationships with other IT companies in Northern Ireland. I can’t wait to see what the next phase of the programme brings!
Kainos encourages employees to get involved in delivering Tech Outreach activities to kids in local schools to help promote confidence in young people’s ICT skills. I remembered the lack of ICT focused activities I had in school growing up, and I hoped that by offering a Code Club some kids could really benefit from the experience. The kids’ enthusiasm was infectious, and the rate at which they picked up programming was incredible.
Code Club volunteer
We’ve brought Lego EV programming, web technologies, CodeBug robot programming and life skills to children from various walks of life, and the feedback we have had from them all has been fantastic. All of the people who hear about what we do come away impressed and the children, teachers and schools who have taken advantage of our Tech Outreach services have been thoroughly impressed by what we have to offer and extremely thankful for our time.