Brandon Caine, our finance apprentice, joined us in 2016 and shares his experience so far below.
My name is Brandon Caine and I am the first Finance Apprentice at Capgemini. I went to Highfields school in Wolverhampton where I sat my GCSE’s and A-Levels, I received 10 B grades and an A* in Spanish. Along with this I also received an A* in IT, B in Business Studies and a C in Economics.
In June 2016 I officially finished all of my A-Level exams in Economics, IT and Business Studies. I’m interested in all of these subjects and so I felt as though I wanted to get straight into business and learn while I earn. As a result of this I started to investigate and look into apprentice roles and that’s where I discovered Capgemini. I saw a Finance Apprenticeship role which I knew would spark my interests and passion, as a global leader I knew Capgemini would be able to assist me in my drive for a career in Business, Economics and IT. My apprenticeship is fully funded and I complete training in Birmingham enabling me to become a fully qualified accountant.
During the recruitment process I completed an aptitude test, a one to one interview and participated in an assessment day where I presented to a panel and took part in group activities. The following week I received a phone call from Capgemini offering me the position. I was extremely happy when I was offered the role as this was a really good opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications that I potentially wouldn’t have been able to receive anywhere else.
I have now been at Capgemini for a year and a half, where I’m working for one of our Public Sector accounts as financial support. This involves pulling together financial reports whether that be for internal or external client viewing, these reports include cashflow, balance sheet, cost to complete, billing files and other KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators). Alongside this I also process journals into the accounting system such as things like revenue, accruals and prepayments.
I’m nearing the end of my apprenticeship and I’m on track to complete by the end of March this year. My colleagues and managers have supported all aspects of my apprenticeship throughout, such as providing me with enough study leave to complete coursework and sit training courses and exams.
My team have welcomed me from the offset and in no way do I get overlooked as an apprentice, I’m able to get involved with Giving Back activities, two of which I participated in this year. In July I participated in a finance CR&S event at Wellington’s Peace Garden where members of the finance community assisted in a day of gardening activities and tidying up the area around the town’s Civic and Leisure Centre. In addition to this, in November another member of the finance community and I participated in a food drive for a local food bank at a supermarket where we managed to fill three large trollies and a bucket full of donations courtesy of the customers. The advantage of these days are that not only do you get to help a good cause but it also helps you to bond with other members of the business which you may not have regular contact or dealings with and therefore can enhance your business partnering and networking skills.
In the next few years my ambitions at Capgemini are to pass all of my exams certificate and professional level and become a qualified accountant. I would also like to develop my experience in other areas of the business for example not only project accounting but areas like commercial finance as I believe this is one of the best ways to assist my career growth and development.
Overall, three words I would use to summarise my apprenticeship experience would be fun, challenging and fulfilling and I would encourage anyone to consider life as an apprentice.