Software Engineer at Capgemini

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£16,000 annually
Review Date:
March 2016

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


Software engineer - Developing solutions for clients in a range of locations across the UK. Currently an automation developer working close with another developer to optimize processes in an agile work environment. Responsible for project deployed for >500 people, with new updates and enhancments to this project on a monthly basis at least.

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


Learnt alot of programming and project techniques and skills during 3 months ALE training. Development skills being honed by working close with experiences professionals and given challenging day to day tasks. Had keen interest and knowledge in basic programming before joining the course but have truly grown these skills with the business.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Work is good, usually very flexible with travelling to sites and hours. Team is good to work with and I feel supported and guided through my work. Capgemini as a whole has a great culture encouraging me to get involved in community projects and charity. Program has been a good mix of different subjects broadening my knowledge.

4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?


Very valued, Capgemini make it feel like apprentices matter. With constant clear future plans set out and ideas of my next 5 years of work I feel like I am making a good contribution to the company. I am kept in good contact with everyone and always know what is going on around me.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Very. Clearly set out plan for every new joiner, mine is 3 months training followed by 18 month apprenticeship then onto a 3 year degree. Total time is 4.5 years and feel like I have a clear plan for the next 5 years. I am encouraged to pursue other areas of technology to grow and become a well rounded developer.

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


6 weekly meetings with QA to discuss progress and set clear plan for future. These cover work I've done since my last meeting, if I am happy on my current project, diversity and equality training and any other issues I might have around the workplace. Feel like I could get help for any issue I face.

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


Support is given through use of Mentors, Reviewers and monthly catch up meetings with apprenticeship team. Mentors are there for informal guidance and help getting used to corporate structure and the company as a whole. Reviewer meets with me at least monthly to make sure I am on the right career path and progression.

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


Good growth available if you work hard through Capgemini. Travel expenses covered when working away on client site, currently away Monday through Friday in hotels working close with the client. Expense policy in place to make sure I am not out of pocket whilst working away for the company.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


A tonne of community activities to get involved in. Capgemini encourage you to get involved in local charities and work as well as encouraging good strong connections in the workplace through use of company events and team meetings to familiarize new joiners increase cohesion as a team.

9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Capgemini care about it's apprentices and do not just use them, as some companies do, for cheap work. They have clear set out development plans and make sure you are getting the most out of your program. You grow a lot in multiple areas, not just technology based, and finish the program feeling like it was a great experience and training.

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

Truly show the passion you have for technology as a whole. Experience helps but is not necessary as a passion and right mind can open doors and allow you to progress and grow through the training and in the workplace. Be yourself in interviews and be prepared to travel around the Uk for work.

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