1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is an Apprentice Test Analyst within the Test and Release Service at Capgemini. I work on the HMRC account testing bits of code that is associated with the account.
I'm part of the digital team and everyone I work with is really friendly. You get placed with a mentor that helps you get set up and works through a couple of projects with you to make sure you understand your job and what to do.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've developed a lot of technical knowledge since joining. I've learnt two coding languages: Java and SQL. I have also learnt all about basic coding practices and how to test other peoples work as well as my own.
Along with this I have developed my soft skills such as Team Work and Communication.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the program. There's a great initial training program that lasts 7 weeks over in Aston University in Birmingham and then after that you get put on lots of different training course within your role. There's also the Degree that you've got to study for. So lots of hard work, but it's worth it!
4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?
I feel valued considering that I've been treated equally from the day I joined. Everyone's been super friendly and I haven't met anyone I haven't gotten along with.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Considering it's a really small team that runs the GAP program I'd say it's structured and organized well. On your initial training you get free accommodation and food, everything's well planned in advance so you're not constantly worrying about what's coming up next or where you have to be.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I haven't started the degree just yet that starts in September 2016. But I've been told about the basic structure of two web lectures a week and the many different days at uni that we have to attend a year.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support as they give us an additional 22 days study leave along with our annual leave to study for exams, and to go to uni days.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well, I'm currently on £16,000 a year which allows me to cover my rent and food for the month along with being able to put some money to one side as savings.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a social club you can opt into which goes on different events in the evenings, Cap also provides corporate discounts on gyms and things.
9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Really friendly and ethical company. LOTS of career opportunities throughout the company and the GAP process is really fun.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini? *
Take a lot of time making your initial application. Make it as detailed, exciting and professional as possible. It's a very competitive apprenticeship that really separates the wheat from the chaff. Also make sure you spend a lot of time preparing for your interview.
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