1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis my work involves me communicating with my managers and other people in my project team to make sure we all progress at the same time. I am responsible for updating spreadsheets when we raise purchase orders, and also the raising of the purchase orders.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my skills in applications such as word documents and spreadsheets as i have learnt new data and formats to use that the company wants us to use, this has enhanced my skills in both of these. I have learnt new skills such as conference calls and note taking at meets etc which will come in handy as i progress in my career.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i enjoy my programme thoroughly. I have settled in well to it and it is better than expected, this is due to the responsibility i have been given, i am given challenging jobs which fulfills my workload daily. Also, i have built strong relations with my other colleagues which is vital to work effectively and efficiently.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
My manager has given me regular feedback which has helped me identify what areas i am good at and what areas i need to work more in, this will help me in becoming an all rounded individual. I have also been highly involved in tasks and put on the 'front end', this mass responsibility shows me that i am trusted and welcomed to help within the team/project.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Because this is an apprenticeship it is important that we are well structured, and we are. QA and CGI have given us a format to work off of and we know when our studying consists of and when it ill be. Also in the induction we found out how our work load will pan out over the 4 year period (6 months on each project)
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training provider provides us with regular check ups and consultation. This makes us feel at ease and that they are easy to approach and ask questions if needed. The training we received was understandable and easy to follow. The informal approach from the training also makes us feel at easy and allows us to work stress free.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager and i have a daily phone call/face to face chat, to establish what today's agenda is and how i am getting on, this is helpful as it builds a strong relationship and means it would be easy for me to approach him with any problem. The workload he gives me is also manageable with allows me to do my training etc in between, which he allows for me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This exceeds my expectations for an apprenticeship as many of my friends have apprenticeships that are paid very low - basically minimum. The travel costs are fine as the company pays for travel expenses, this is a great benefit at is means people can travel with their work and have new experiences. The location, since i am from Edinburgh, is fine, it has good parking facilities and is just off the bypass so is easy for people coming from outwith the city to get to.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We he have been offered several opportunities outwith work. These include the opportunity to work in different offices within the UK (mostly Glasgow), this is a good opportunity as it will allow me to meet new people and gain new skills and experiences. Along with this was the opportunity to join the football team, we were told where to go for more information etc.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because of the vast opportunity and ability to travel and meet new people. The job isn't restricted to one skill set and isn't repetitive. It is a very rewarding workload, along with this is the many benefits that come with the role, the member flexible benefit scheme is one that makes CGI stand out as an employer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Don't be afraid to ask questions, there is a lot of information to take on board due to the nature of the role, thus if you try to take it all on board in one go it will lead to stress and your work not being done effectively, asking questions is only natural - especially as a MA, so get your manager to break it down to a level that suits you.
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