Test Engineer at Capgemini

Start Date:
West Midlands
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
£17,500 annually
Review Date:
February 2019

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Review Score

8.4 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Within my role I test software and hardware for clients, both during development phases and prior to go live. On a day to day basis I am in meetings with my test team, coordinating with offshore colleagues, discussing issues with clients, raising defects found and also chasing them up. I also get to work on documentation and planning of the test process.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learned many new role specific skills and have also been funding to go on role specific training courses. This has allowed me to develop a great deal of knowledge specific to my role. I have developed professional skills also i.e, communication (both via email and within meetings) and developed the analytical skills required for my role.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy both my job role, the university work and the social side of my programme. Due to the structure of the programme I was able to make very good friends during the initial training period at Aston Uni. I do sometimes struggle with the requirements of my specific project as I am away from home 5 days a week (it is usually a max of 4 days per week).

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme is well structured however things are frequently arranged very last minute. It is essential to be flexible to be able to cope with the sometimes questionable organisation. All training/university aspects are very organised though, as is day to day life on project. Just some admin bits in between that are lacking.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive a great deal of support from my business unit and am always encouraged to speak up should I feel that I am not enjoying a particular project or unable to cope. This is greatly encouraged by my head of department. I am always supported to develop as many new skills as possible.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


I receive a fair amount of support from my training provider. They always provide feedback in a timely manner and the lecturers clearly want you to gain as much knowledge as possible. Very good learning environment however things always fall quiet between university training blocks. We always have a contact within Aston University that we can reach out to should we need them.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


I feel that it provides me with key background knowledge for my role as a tester. Whilst I am yet to cover any testing specific modules, it is essential that I have a level of knowledge as to how software operates. I feel that my degree does help me to achieve this.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


There are a fair few social activities arranged however they are hard to attend for many due to being all over the country on project (unless you work out of your base location office). Most social events are based either in Telford or London however being on project in a different city, I have access to neither.

9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?


9b. Why?

Very supportive environment, very friendly people. They show a clear interest in each individuals career progression on the apprenticeship programme and fund a degree with an excellent university. I feel Capgemini create an environment in which you can exceed and reach your full potential within the company whilst committing to their employee's wellbeing.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini?

Be confident and be yourself. Show that you are curious and willing to learn about the IT industry and also that you already have a great deal of interest in it. An excellent CV will help you out a lot, especially at interview level. Try to be relaxed during the online interviews also!

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