Client Profile

Customer Name: Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Established: 2006

Customer Since: 2021

Employees: 1600

Sector: Public Sector


New City College provides education to young adults aged 16+ from multiple campuses across Greater London. They are the fourth largest college group in the UK with campuses across Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Epping Forest, and Havering. They provide various courses for local school leavers, SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) students, adults, and those looking for higher education qualifications. 
New City College approached Version 1 to work with their SEND students due to our growing experience delivering and adapting employability and digital skills programmes for people living with a disability. After the successful completion of our Consultancy Challenge programme by 12 of their level 2 NVQ students (GCSE equivalency), they requested Version 1 work with their SEND department to design an iteration for their transition year students. 


New City College students who have a Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) statement are required to complete employer engagement and placement activities as part of their transition to a T-Level programme.  


New City College (NCC) requested a programme to be delivered for eight students with a SEND statement over four days, creating an engagement model that could be improved and reiterated with additional cohorts of students. 

The Version 1 Social Value team designed a four-session programme to explore key concepts of design thinking. The sessions were delivered remotely, with a flexible schedule to ensure all participants could manage the programme alongside their core curriculum.   

 The sessions would support the students to:  

  • improve communication and presentation skills 
  • encourage creative thinking and user focussed design 
  • explore the core concepts of design thinking processes 
  • deliver tasks to an agreed standard and timeline   

By working closely with the students and the SEND team at New City College, Version 1 were able to redesign the programme from our agreed baseline content over the course of the week to meet the target objectives.  

Our unique model of programme delivery through Social Value at Version 1 ensures that our delivery team is empowered to adapt on the ground to suit the needs of our participants and partners. 

Real Differences, Delivered

  • 128 people training hours delivered (16 hours x 8 participants) 
  • 100% of students completed the programme 
  • Students stated that they had pushed themselves to succeed in the work and were proud to have completed the programme  
  • Support workers stated they were impressed with the level of the students work  

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About Version 1

Version 1 proves that IT can make a real difference to our customers’ businesses. We are trusted by global brands to deliver IT services and solutions which drive customer success. Our team of difference-makers work tirelessly to provide independent advice and deliver impactful changes to help our customers navigate the rapidly changing Digital-First world we live in. Our greatest strength is balance in our efforts to achieve Customer Success, Empowered People and a Strong Organisation, underpinned by a commitment to our values. We believe this is what makes Version 1 different and more importantly, our customers agree. 

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