• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • my daily routine consists of checking my emails and then looking at tickets to pick up on my current project, next I conduct my daily project stand-up. then I start work on the aforementioned tickets either on my own, or with the assistance of senior colleagues. I then conduct another call with my project team.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I think I've learnt quite a lot of new skills. mainly due to my current project, ive learnt some things about ANT as a build tool along with a fair bit about databases and SQL. I've also learned a large amount about JUNIT 4 and by proxy also about Java.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I would say at the start the programme left a lot to be desired and I wasn't really enjoying due to a lack of work. but know that I am actually on a project and being productive I feel a lot better about the programme and I am enjoying it a lot.


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • I personally am not fan of the overall structure of the programme as I feel its to disjointed, and feel like the aim of the programme is to tick boxes and not expand the knowledge required to join the work force. I fell as though it would be better to specialise in one area and just focus on that rather than try to aim and becoming a jack of all trades.


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • I receive as much support as is needed although I do feel in some respects they've bitten off a little more than they should've in regards to the amount of apprentices they have which can leave some without any work, which is needed to gather the evidence required


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • I would say I now have the capability to receive a lot of support if needed which is great, however at the start I think their could been an improvement but know that they have got some traction the support is great but could do with access to some more resoruces


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • I would the actual substance of the qualification didn't help me a great deal. but the course massively increased my ability to look at a problem from multiple different angles and how to problem solve in a much better way. it also taught how to find the answer if I didn't know them already.


  • 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.)
  • yes, there is plenty of extra curricular activities that the company runs both as a formal company led initiative. along with quite a lot of activities that are locally to each office by the member inside, we also have a lot of sport based activities such as a football team.


  • 9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • its a good company to work for that tries to help its members as much as possible, also it has a great set of people working within it that are unbelievably knowledgeable and also it has a great remuneration package for those who are just starting out on their careers

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI?
  • just be yourself, don't try to be something you're not or Lie about anything because if you aren't as skilled as you'd like in particular area that's fine. so long as you have the mindset you can be trained. the soft skills you have are just as important as the hard skills.


Higher Level Apprenticeship

Information Technology

Bridgend / Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

April 2020

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