ISL in the community

Providing skills and resources to charitable and community enhancing projects

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Community

We recognise that we have a role to play in the communities where we work and live. As an organisation with a hybrid working philosophy (which pre-existed Covid) and four registered offices we work and live all over. With offices in Leipzig in Germany, St Sampson on Guernsey, Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and our HQ in Leeds and not forgetting hotdesking centres in Brighton and Guildford, our team is widespread. And this is reflected in our community projects which range from litter picking on beaches and river banks, explaining what GIS is to children in schools, and planning optimal routes for Christmas tree collection (post festivities, of course).

 

Jonny Gios Leeds Me&You
Educating Future Devs Integrated Skills

Engagement

As a bunch of highly educated egg heads, we love University Challenge, and education in general. We invite teenagers from local tertiary colleges to an ISL office on work experience during which they learn the fundamentals of office-based work at an SME. We have also provided work placements for undergraduate students from Bristol University who undertook H&S, SSOW and manual handling training, gained fieldwork experience and learnt data management techniques. Newcastle University students on their GIS Masters Course were involved in planning a review of Council services to areas of the city requiring communal bin collections.

The team is encouraged to work with local charitable organisations such as St. John Ambulance and Round Table, and the company has made donations to MapAction. We led a charitable project to carry out training, strategic review and technical advice to the City of Freetown as part of a Waste Management Task Force project in Sierra Leone.

To promote community engagement each employee has one volunteering day (at full pay) to use as they wish, either on an individual or team basis.

We like community.

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