1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently I'm on a role that involves me managing the finances and the work packages currently going on. I also do the occasional coding and testing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt a lot of new skills in terms of development and coding including Java, web developmennt management and finances.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed parts of it, it can have good days and bad days like all jobs, I have enjoyed the training especially though.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I feel valued in some aspect as there are a couple of people around me who praise me for my work. But overall I don't have much sense of value.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme isn't that organised when it comes to reviews with the apprentice reviewer, and at the start we had many problems with organising training.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I can get lots of support from my training provider when needed, they are very helpful and always willing.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am offered support when needed, but that is from direct colleagues who I work with. It depends who you work with but luckily I get good support from my line manager
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I moved from Northampton down to Reading, the costs of living went up by a lot, so I don't really have enough to save or spend on social activities as over 4/5 of my wage goes to Rent/bills/food/etc. I don't know when our next rise will be, but hopefully it will help.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, lots of social groups and events are happening and you get informed about them regularly
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a nice place to get started, everyone is friendly and its usually a nice environment
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Try to keep in contact with as many people, and bug your contacts to put you on projects as that could be one of the hardest things.
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