A postman’s son, Jay forges a career in top IT consultancy

Manjit Ugra has worked at Slough delivery office for almost 30 years and secured funding from the Postal Family Fund – which provides bursaries for the families of colleagues who need financial support – for his son Jay to study economics at the University of Birmingham.

While studying, Jay got a place on technology consultancy Capgemini’s Community Challenge, which is sponsored and run by Billie Major who is Royal Mail’s ex-head of sales and marketing and now Capgemini’s senior vice president. He’s since joined the firm’s two-year graduate scheme as an associate consultant.

Jay says: ‘I’m hugely grateful to the Postal Family Fund. I’d saved up since I was born to go to university, but I still couldn’t have afforded to go without the extra help. Had I taken a year out, I might have missed out on Capgemini’s placement scheme. I’m also extremely thankful to Billie. It’s because of her I have this job.’

Jay Ugra at his graduation.

Jay previously did a work placement at Slough delivery office under the management of Ursula Sabir. He says: ‘I really struggled to keep up, it’s amazing that my dad has being doing that for so many years.

‘One of Capgemini’s key values is modesty, something I hugely appreciate as I’ve come from a humble background and have been taught the value of hard work.’

Manjit says: ‘I am very proud of what Jay has achieved and am extremely grateful for the Postal Family Fund’s financial support. I would wholeheartedly encourage others to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.’

The Postal Family Fund support is available to the families of Royal Mail employees.

Original story appeared in Royal Mail Courier March 2017 issue.

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