1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Software Engineer. Currently working on a client project, developing feeds for use in a database. On a daily basis I edited code scripts and organize data to prepare it to go into the live system. Interact with everyone in the office, as help is freely available from anyone. Limited interaction with the clients, as they only come around the office once a month. I am responsible for developing code without bugs and getting a feed through to testing and implementation.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Learning about how to use Unix and Common Code. Been on training for Pentaho BA and will be using this soon in the job. Lots of different code languages to learn, with lots of different softwares and hardwares.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work is very interesting as you are constantly learning, and are continuously developing your knowledge of a feed and the project. It is not repetitive at all meaning that you keep interest in the job. I didn't really have any expectations, as I didn't really know what to expect, but this is as good as any I could have had. I enjoy my job, and enjoy learning with my team.
4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?
It is very easy to contact our managers and they always get back to use as quickly as they can. They care about how we are doing and like to keep up-to-date with us all. We are regularly reviewed for promotion and what track we should be on within the company. We are always working on projects or working towards joining one, and our managers help with this. I feel valued by the company, as we are checked on regularly by managers and members of the GAP team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very organized, as they have been doing this for a while so have a routine for everything, and there is always someone you can ask if you are unsure of anything. A week of induction helps you to settle in and then 8 weeks of intense technical training helps to prepare you for the job. We have multiple contacts with Capgemini who we can talk to is we need any help with work or study, and QA are very helpful aiding us with our apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
QA provides our apprenticeship training. They are very good as we each get an assessor assigned to us and they are our main point of contact if we need help or advice.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have regular calls with members from the GAP team to check our progress and keep up to date with us all. Our managers keep in contact with the GAP team and QA to follow our progress and we can always email them if we need to. HR are super easy to contact, with even a IM system so that we can get immediate responses to our questions. There are multiple people throughout the company who can help us if we ever need it, and there contact details are accessible to us via the intranet or HR.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am earning above what is expected for a apprenticeship, and all expenses are paid for, including hotels, £30 for evening meals and some expense for fuel. Breakfast is included with the hotel, so I am only paying for lunch and some fuel. My base is Aston in Birmingham but I am currently working in Telford and as I am not working in my base, my expenses are paid for.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of events which occur which are to do with apprenticeships and I will be representing the company at some of these events when possible. There are monthly drinks for the business unit I am in. At one of the nearby offices there is a gym for employees to use. Outside of work hours, there are shops nearby and a cinema, meaning there is plenty to do socially as well as work on our apprenticeship work.
9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Fantastic opportunity. Good pay and university tuition fees are paid by Capgemini. Great experience and a good way to network in the industry and get your foot in the door early on in your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini? *
Actually care for the apprenticeship you are applying for, show an interest in technology in business and keep up-to-date with developments. A real interest in this can show interviewers that you're serious about applying for the job. If you have a phone interview take your time answering questions and answer as best as possible. At the interview day, interact with the others but don't become controlling in the group activities. It is a brilliant opportunity that I completely recommend as Capgemini take care of you and it will prepare you for a career within the industry.
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