We’ll be bringing you insights into our programmes across the week and sharing inspiring success stories from our apprentices on the Capgemini blog.
We begin with Rickie Griffith who is joining Capgemini today as a Software Developer advanced apprentice following a programme with The Prince’s Trust. I caught up with Rickie prior to him joining to find out more.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m 24 years old, currently living in Telford, Shropshire and most recently I’ve been looking to start a career in technology. This has been challenging as education was never my strong point growing up. Home life was hard at the time and I have learning difficulties which meant I wasn’t as focused as I wanted to be. I didn’t feel supported at school and I left on a negative.
When I attended college I was treated more like an adult. Teachers took the time to understand me as an individual, helping me to better understand the importance of education. My passion has always lay with technology, it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do and took my mind off things when times were tough. I built my first website at 13, teaching myself everything I know about web development and design. However due to my poor qualifications I was always limited as to what I could do, joining Capgemini has been an ambition of mine since leaving college.
Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
A careers advisor suggested I should try an apprenticeship, so I began with a level 2 in Business Administration with the view that this could be the stepping stone I need to progress with my career. I quickly realised an apprenticeship was the best way for me to learn. I could apply practical knowledge to my studies, whilst earning a wage for doing something I love.
I knew that Capgemini offered an advanced apprenticeship but at the time of completing my previous apprenticeship they weren’t recruiting for any roles.
This is when I found out about Talent Match, a lottery funded organisation who help young people to find their talent and work towards their ambitions. They knew I was a passionate, determined individual and put me in touch with the Prince’s Trust who at the time were running a ‘Get Started with Apps’ workshop sponsored by Capgemini. This was my opportunity to strengthen my network with Capgemini. Throughout the week I got exposure to current graduates and apprentices who gave me an insight into life at Capgemini.
After the course I got offered a 2-week work placement. This experience was amazing. Aside from doing something I love every day, it gave me a real insight into Capgemini’s culture. The atmosphere was alive and what stuck out the most was the passion people have for the work that they were doing. Capgemini have worked hard to create an open plan office environment, which made everyone from my peers to management approachable, this is not something I had seen in a workplace before.
I learnt so much during my work placement and received some fantastic feedback, I impressed so much that Capgemini wanted to offer me a full time position as a Software Developer advanced apprentice. If it wasn’t for considering an apprenticeship in the first place, remaining persistent in my approach and the opportunity to build my network through the Prince’s Trust I probably wouldn’t be in this position now. I’m really looking forward to starting my career with Capgemini.
What advice would you give to those considering their future?
Employers don’t just look for qualifications, they also consider your experience. Apprenticeships give you the best of both worlds. Capgemini recognised my strengths and recognised the value in adding to my learning and development as they do with all their employees.
Find out more about our apprenticeship programmes and apply here.