What’s the latest with Urban Synergy

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Our team has been having a fantastic experience working with Urban Synergy to encourage and support 20 young people from two South London schools get the experience and information they need to follow the apprentice route.  Matthew Lee from Capgemini’s Packages team updates on progress so far…

It has been a fruitful few months for the Capgemini Urban Synergy Programme. As you may already know, Capgemini is working alongside Urban Synergy, mentoring and inspiring young people in order to improve their career aspirations. During March and April, we had a workshop, a University visit and a highly successful fundraising party in a swanky London nightclub! Here’s the lowdown on what happened.

To begin the activities in the month of March, Stephanie Bishop, Head of Graduate and Apprentice recruitment at Capgemini UK, conducted a “Be Inspired” workshop. The aim of the workshop was to give the young people from Urban Synergy an insight into what #LifeAtCapgemini looks like. This workshop was also designed to shed light on the application process for the apprenticeship scheme. Stephanie was joined by a number of Capgemini volunteers who spoke positively about the experience and offered up their time to help with future events.

Later in March, a 16 person strong group from Urban Synergy ventured up to the midlands to visit Aston University; where Capgemini Degree Apprentices are based for their studies. During this visit the students met representatives of the university, members programme team and some of the people that are currently part of the Degree Apprenticeship programme. This visit gave the young people an insight into their potential future place of study, whilst also giving them an opportunity to hold conversations with people that have highly relevant experience.

As we moved into the month of April, we turned away from the direct engagement with the students as they focused their attentions on their upcoming exams. Instead we (Capgemini) directed our efforts into fundraising for Urban Synergy. A large party was organised in Sway bar, London, with guests invited from Capgemini, Urban Synergy, our industry partners and suppliers (including SAP and Salesforce), friends and family too! The night was a huge success with the attendees enjoying plenty of food and drinks before dancing the night away. Capgemini has pledged to raise £15,000 for Urban Synergy, the total raised from the event exceeded £10,000 and the entirety of the proceeds has gone directly to Urban Synergy. This money will be used to support their project with Capgemini plus their other initiatives, which all serve to support less privileged children fulfil their potential. I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of those who supported this event with their money or with their time.

It has been a busy couple of months on the Capgemini Urban Synergy Programme (which I may begin to refer to as CUSP, we all love an acronym!). The young people have enjoyed some important learning activities and experiences, plus we have raised a considerable amount of money for a great cause. The programme is winding down now for this school year in terms of workshops, however we are still running a variety of fundraising activities. Please do let me know if you would like to take part in a fundraising activity or if you have any ideas of your own for a fundraiser. Apart from the aforementioned, we now wait for the students to complete their exams and find out how many have been successful in their applications to join the Capgemini apprenticeship programme.

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