Apprentice Software Engineer at Accenture

Start Date:
Newcastle North East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£8,000 annually
Review Date:
January 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I started off in a 8 week bootcamp where I was taught a few languages at a basic level that Accenture used on their projects. Next, I was on "the bench", waiting to join a role. Although this took some time, I used online resources and skilled people around me to up-skill myself and learn new things.

Now that I am on a role, I am doing some specialised training to understand how to use the specific software. The senior team members around me are a great help with any questions.

Every Thursday I go to college to continue learning and do assignments, on my to a degree in Software Engineering.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


In the 8 week bootcamp at the start, I developed on my Java, HTML and CSS skills, but I also learnt SQL, Javascript, PHP, and soft skills that you need in a working environment.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The work is fun and interesting, and the people who work here are more so. They are also helpful with any problems that you might have. There is always some event going on, and something happening within the office to participate in. I am pretty pleased with the whole programme.

4. How valued do you feel by Accenture?


My bosses always keep tabs on me to make sure they know how I'm doing. They come over and ask if I need help once in a while, and drop emails here and there to see how things are. There are meeting sometimes too.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Very. This is one of the few (if not only) apprenticeship which gives you a full bachelor's degree in 3/4 years. The one I was worried about when not going to uni was the qualifications, but now I get a degree on top of experience and a salary. With college once a week, and work the rest, this programme feels really worked out. From what I learn in college to what I do on a project at work.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


More than enough. I can email my tutors for support or ask for help on my college days. They always try their best to keep everyone on the same level and help whenever is needed.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


There are people we have in Accenture who can answer almost any question, educational or otherwise and help with any problem that is affecting our life. A lot support from things such a health plans, eye tests, pensions etc are provided too if you choose to have it.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Although the first year is a decent amount, the second and third give more than enough to survive on. Plus there's always the uni fees that I'm saving on so I am more than fine with the first year.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Loads and loads of emails keep popping up for plenty of things to do. Sports events to bake sales to volunteer work. Everything is there for you to join, you just have to look.

9. Would you recommend Accenture to a friend?


9b. Why?

Its a great opportunity to get experience which is so needed in today's world of employment. And with the degree, you just can't go wrong if software engineering is the way you want to go.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Accenture?

You don't have to know anything technical to join because they teach you all that! You just have to come across as a person who wants to excel in what Accenture do, and have the right mindset for the work.

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