1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a developer on a day-to-day basis I develop code based on a set of requirements set out by the customer, once my code has been developed I then pass it to the tester who tests that piece of code. When this has been tested we then run a demo for the client to see what we have developed. In addition we have to ensure that the requirements given to us are correct therefore we contact the client to ensure that they are happy with the requirements they have given us as well as trying to improve their requirements by offering suggestions and other methods of completing their goal.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
On the two month programme at Aston University, we learnt various different programming languages such as java, python, sql and ruby. This was teacher-based learning where we stayed at Aston University for 2 months where we attend lectures for the 2 months. Most of my learning currently takes place on the job, I am currently working on a project which uses Dynamics and therefore on my day-to-day basis i learn how to develop Dynamics.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The degree apprenticeships is very unique as Capgemini offers the two month course at Aston University which give the apprentices a flavour of "University life". They pay for all accommodation, food and travel expenses so it is like living as a luxury student. As well Capgemini offer 22 days for study leave on top of the standard amount of holidays which is really useful around exam times.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very structured and there are multiple people from Capgemini and Aston University who you can contact if you need any help. They are very helpful and they know the key information. You get given your timetable for the next two years when you join and therefore can plan any holidays in advanced.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Capgemini gives us 22 days of study leave, however they offer much more. They offer a buddy programme to help settle in at work and as Capgemini was one of the first companies to start the degree apprenticeship programme they offer the support and guidance that is needed, for example a dedicated apprentice manager.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Aston University provides lots of support, they have a dedicated person who is the course director who anyone can speak to about the course. They also offer multiple on campus days throughput the year where students are able to stay on campus for lectures, as well as online lectures every week where students are able to answer questions to the lecture in real time.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The coding language that we have learnt at University helps me to perform at work as it enables you to think like a programmer and understand what it takes to complete a job. In addition we have a skill coach who helps with meetings, writing emails and even skype calls - which can be daunting when you first start.
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.)
At Capgemini there is a GAP connect team who consist of graduates and apprentices, they offer various activities for GAP community for example curry night as well as monthly catch-up meetings to ensure that everyone is getting on ok. They also offer various opportunities to visit schools to talk about apprenticeships and even go to sport matches.
9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?
The apprenticeship that Capgemini offers is one of a kind, no other compay values here apprentices like Capgemini. The course offers a free degree and many more benefits which will help in the future. In addition the office provides state of the art facilities for example a gym where employees can go at lunch to exercise, pool tables and foosball tables which helps improve mood and mental health.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini?
Capgemini look for passionate people, it doesnt matter if you have no experience in IT or devlopment, all Capgemini want is someone who will be passionate about IT. In addition the person needs to be confident talking to others and completing presentations. However, all you need is passion as with passion and the correct attitude you can learn anything you want to.
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