Software Engineer at Capgemini

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

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


I am currently involved in two projects, in these projects my tasks have varied from developing back end structure, to front end design. My role also includes some level of design documentation. I am also involved in a buddy programme where i help other apprentices settle in, and answer any less formal questions they might have.

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


I have learnt many new skills, i have learnt many new programming languages. I have also learnt many interpersonal skills through the personal development drive of the week induction. Following my time on the 8 week accelerated learning course I have subsequently done internal training and have learnt a new framework of javascript called React, and have for the first time used an API.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy my programme so far, I have enjoyed meeting new people everyday. I have enjoyed the challenging nature of the work I do. The time at Aston university was extremely fun, and I formed so new friendships. I look forward to each week and to see what it might entail.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The induction is very well structured and ran smoothly each day (of the week long induction). After the induction, we go to Aston university for 8 weeks for some accelerated training, this is well organised, with access to an online portal before hand to prepare you for what to expect. The graduate and apprentice team are very supporting and there are so many people you can ask for help. Alongside our reviewer, there is a dedicated mentor, who you can contact if you ever have any questions or feel uncomfortable.

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


There is constant support from my employer, with regular catch ups with the apprentice community, and constant contact with your manager. I haven't had much contact with HR, but i haven't needed it yet. Sometimes, you feel like you need some more support, but it is always available, everyone no matter their role, is supporting.

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


At Aston University the support is there, with two lecturers during the initial training, and many extra contacts. They provided a brief course on presentation skills ahead of out group presentation( group project), this course was very useful, although power point heavy.The feedback throughout the course allows you to know if you need to ask for more support. There is constant contact between Capgemini and Aston, so if you need support and don't ask for it, your manager will ask for you.

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


Some of the qualification so far hasn't been directly applicable, for example we spent a lot of time learning Java, but i have not used java yet. However, some of the principles learnt from this process I use everyday. During the project week, I learnt a lot about how clients drive development, but also how they can be quite difficult.

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.)


I believe there are many, although i have not partaken in many. For example, there is a gym at the office, which has many sessions. There is also a learning cinema on site, that can give you insights into topics not covered by your role, allowing you to learn about different topics. There is also a football team, and many other sports teams.

9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?


9b. Why?

My experience so far has been brilliant. The opportunity for personal and professional growth they provide is amazing. I think the track they put you on gives a very promising outlook, especially in a climate where university alone is becoming less sufficient. The community for apprentices makes you feel very welcome when you are at work.

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

The best way to apply is naturally, be yourself, if the apprenticeship is not right for you the application process will tell you that. But only if you act yourself and be honest throughout. If you engage in the networking side of the assessment centre and show your your personality, it goes a long way.

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