1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have just completed my first day of induction for the Digital and Technology degree apprenticeship which took place within one of the Telford offices. Within the first minutes I felt welcomed by the co-coordinators, all of which made sure we got there on time and that the accommodation provided was suitable. During the first day, we completed a 'Beinspired' course which was a part of our 2 day induction, whereby we interacted with the other apprentices and had the opportunity to create our own network whilst also understanding Capgemini as company as well as their values. Within the next few days, we also attended an outdoor adventure day which consisted of us implementing our team work skills via various activities such as rock climbing, laser tag and orienteering. On the last two days, we also took part in a Personal development course with external co-coordinators whereby we were taught how to interact with professionals within a business environment as well as understanding the psychology behind the workplace. On top of all of this, we had activities organised every night, such as bowling, a pub quiz, meals and pizza nights which were a fab way to get involved with the group as a whole but also to connect with everyone on a more personal and informal basis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt plenty of new skills during this week such as how to interact within a business environment and how to approach people of all levels and ages. But most importantly, I was given the opportunity to develop exsisting skills in a safe and practical environment. Those skills being, teamwork, active listening and communication. I also developed a deeper understanding into the skill of 'active inclusion' which is one of Capgemini's most important values.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Although it has only been a week, I have thoroughly enjoyed my induction and I am eagerly anticipating the start of my course completely. The induction has allowed me to create a network of similar individuals from all over the UK, whilst also allowing me to develop skills and myself so that I am ready for the next few years.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction programme was extremely well organised and structured. From the word go, we received multiple emails and had conference calls stating the FAQ's of the induction such as our accommodation, expenses and what to bring with us. Throughout the week, each day was structured in a well thought of manner, allowing plenty of breaks but also making sure we covered each topic and group task.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The amount of information I gathered from the induction regarding support from the employer was amazing! Not only have I created a network of like-minded apprentices, I was also informed that I would have the GAP team, a personal buddy, a reviewer, HR team and a project manager. I was also shown the multiple groups and societies I could join which covered a vast expanse of topics from LGBT to Disabilities and Carers.
There was also mention of an anonymous support line which is available 24/7 and can offer advice with any domestic, business or social issues and is completely confidential.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The support I receive from my training provider when working towards my qualifications is brilliant. I have already received information regarding emails that I can contact and specific people who can help me if I am struggling. I have also been enrolled onto a 'Math help' scheme to help with any math problems I might occur whilst working on my degree.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel as if the qualification in which I am studying has an appropriate layout and scheme in which they will be teaching. All the skills and topics that are being taught will allow me to apply them to my role as an Application Consultant within my workplace. There are also topics I will be taught that might not be applicable at the moment but will in the future.
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 plenty of extra-curricular activities to get involved in within Capgemini. They are a company that is a huge fan of rugby and therefore there is a 'Capgemini Rugby' team. There are, however, different teams/clubs in each different location such as Netball, Running and Squash. Additionally, there are organisations within the company such as LGBT groups and Disability and Carer groups. They also do lots of work within local communities and there can be time allocated for you to volunteer and do work with the charities/organisations.
9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?
I would recommend Capgemini to a friend as the their core values which are: Fun, Modesty, Honesty, Boldness, Freedom, Team Spirit and Trust are at the heart of everything they do. They also implement a 'No Blame' culture within a workplace and have various schemes for mental health and active inclusion.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini?
I would say be yourself, be honest, be bold and be fun. Tell them what you like to do in your spare time, tell them what inspires you but most importantly, go in there with an open mind and be passionate about what you are applying for. It is not always about qualifications but about you and what you stand for.