1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Software Developer in a software development team, writing code that helps the team on the project. I write for code targeting the .NET Framework.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the project work and training because I enjoy learning more about software development.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I feel valued by the other members on my project, however I must say we could be valued more by the company as a whole.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was well organised, unfortunately there was much delay with getting us on projects and doing work. also I feel uncertain as to what opportunities lay ahead of us.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider I feel has been good at supporting us, there are people we can contact if we have issues and the tutors a very good
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support from the employer has been good in that we can contact people if we have an issue, also the members on my project are more than happy to help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This is my biggest issue, I am commuting by train every day which is very expensive, if I were to relocate closer to my office that would be just as expensive if not more, as a result half my pay is gone before I've even looked at it. I feel our pay is not adequate, especially given other similar apprenticeships pay a lot more.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities for things such as charity runs, enterprise competitions, and football tournaments, which are a good opportunity to meet other people and build up a network.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend it if the pay was more inline with other Level 4 apprenticeships, however sadly as it stands I cant.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Find a cheap way of getting to work, enjoy programming.
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