1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job Title: Analyst Programmer
My current project is an EUD Rollout that provides IT support and consultancy for the NHS, in particular it's largest Trust, being CNWL.
Daily tasks include planning and preparing for scheduled rollouts, as well as floor walking and coordinating on the day of rollout. This means I'm involved in the data migration procedure for various sites, and also see through that all end-user devices match the client's expectations.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've developed more IT specific skills than I originally through I would have, in particular troubleshooting, through floor walking and solving technical problems whilst on rollout. I've also developed my communication skills through building strong relationships with the client, and have become more organised due to the intensity of my day-to-day work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme. The working environment is very relaxed but also focused at CGI. The team I work with are very socialable and friendly. However I can imagine this varies from project to project.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I feel fairly valued by CGI. They seek the best for their students and want them to succeed. If there are any problems that occur, they are always addressed appropriately.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well organised. I like how the modules are set into separate weeks, and enjoy the workshops. However, I would prefer if the course was more compact and would like workshops to be more often and closer together rather than spread out over the year.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Training providers are very good, and make sure that Apprentices have all the resources they need to complete their course to the best of their ability, and take notice of the difficulties their students have with relating their daily work to their studies.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is little communication between Apprentices and those who manage us internally, due to there not being many Apprentices in general at CGI, and because many are at different stages and have started at different times of the year. Due to the nature of some projects at CGI, it's hard for Apprentices to gain the experience they need to show evidence of their work for their coursework/portfolio.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is satisfactory. The pay increases often over the course of the year, and tends to be in line with the performance of that particular employee.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
yes, I am satisfied as an employee. There are a good variation of company events and activities. CGI makes a lot of time and effort for employee satisfaction.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a good place to start if you want a career in IT. However there is always room to develop other various skills. The atmosphere is generally enjoyable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Ask as many questions as you can. Look for as many other programmes at other companies as well, and hope to get into one of them. Prepare for the interviews.
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