Apprentices may have responsibility for operations, services and people. Josh Phipps joined us recently on this programme and shares his story of choosing a career at Capgemini over traditional university.
I joined Capgemini on the 4th September 2017 as one of the first three individuals to start outright on the Chartered Manager degree apprentice (CMDA) programme. The past 6 months have honestly been a blur, I have done so many amazing things that I never thought I would be capable of, grown as a person and made countless new friends.
I first found out about Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship schemes around September/October 2016. At that time, Capgemini was primarily advertising the technology scheme which is what initially attracted me. I decided to contact the apprentice recruiter, Caroline, about the programme and asked to meet up in person to discuss it further. Upon meeting Caroline, she told me that she thought I would be better suited to the CMDA, which was having its first new joiner intake in September 2017. I agreed with Caroline’s opinion and when researching further, realised that I would be much better suited to this scheme, as I had a bigger interest in business studies.
From there, everything happened really quickly – before I knew it I had submitted my application and had been told I had got through to the next stage. Coming up to my A-Level exams, I still had thoughts about going to university traditionally. However, I was the only person still considering that route. My friends and family reminded me what an amazing opportunity this was and eventually I had the same mindset. How could I choose to go to university when I had the offer of a sponsored degree, a salary and the opportunity to gain on the job experience. A couple of months passed by and I had gotten through to the assessment centre. I thought that I had performed the best that I possibly could have and waited nervously over the next few days to hear how I’d done.
Amazingly, I was offered the position along with two girls from the same assessment centre as mine. Throughout the application process, it was important for me to know that the company I was going to be working for was committed to diversity in all aspects. Personally, I was most interested in finding out about any LGBT+ related networks/programmes and from that interest, found OUTfront. OUTfront is Capgemini’s LGBT+ network which is ‘a community committed to fostering a supportive and safe environment at work and beyond.’ This gave me confidence in knowing that as someone who identifies within the LGBT+ spectrum, I would be valued in the company. Since then, I have discovered all the great things that the community do such as participating in various LGBT+ related events, educating allies and individuals who want to learn more. This led to me recently volunteering to become an OUTfront ambassador and I cannot wait to see what this role entails. As well as this, in the recent Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Capgemini jumped 131 places into the top 100. This is an amazing achievement and I’m personally proud to work for an organisation with such strong recognition in this space.
I understand that many people are apprehensive about being open with their sexuality in the workplace. However, since being at Capgemini, I have been able to truly be myself without any fear of judgement or negativity. There is such a diverse culture at Capgemini and I truly feel at home working here.
Choosing a Degree Apprenticeship over traditional university was such a great choice and I would encourage more people to consider this route.
Find out more about our apprenticeship programmes and apply here.