1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
-Tracking and reporting on security clearances for Scottish Government -Tracking and reporting on change requests within Edinburgh Council -Issuing Proposals -Providing Training sessions on CGI developed programs/systems to council members
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- Level 3 Business Admin and Starting Project Management
- Driving Impact for Development Training Course
- Key Communication Skills - Saying less is often more!
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the large range of different accounts which I have the chance to work on with CGI. I get to work with people from all around the globe and have made friends with members from India, Canada and Europe. The role exceeded my expectations because it allowed me to expand my network very quickly when communicating with such a large audience.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
My managers that I have had so far have been very supportive. I have a people manager, who assist me with increasing my network. My career manager is helps to push myself in regards to Personal Development.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My induction was held in Reading. All flights and hotels were paid for and on my first day I received a brand new phone and laptop to use. There are so many training courses online within CGI but also so many available outwith CGI.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
QA is my current training provider. They are good but could do with making assessors more available.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Any issues then I have a lot of managers able to help and something always gets sorted out.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Not the best salary but not the worst I have seen either. If not living at home with parents it's hard to live on an apprentice salary. However CGI are good with expenses and you have a budget if you have to work away from home. Travel ie. flight are booked through the CGI system so there is no cost there usually.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have internal comms go out for all events organised by CGI's "Nessie." CGI match our £5 each month for both free and subsidised event tickets which is great. I plan to attend a celidh in Jan.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Best work experience I could have ever gotten at this stage in my life. So glad I did not do the marketing apprenticeship I originally intended.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Lengthy On-boarding process but totally worth it! Very easy to apply through QA, who will support you no matter the apprenticeship you chose to go for.
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