Capgemini and Aston University

Capgemini and Aston University
Capgemini-Sor-IntroCapgemini and Aston University have collaborated to create a clear progression route for apprentices to reach the next academic level, after completion of a higher apprenticeship.

With more than 180,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Together with its clients, Capgemini UK creates and delivers business, technology and digital solutions that fit their needs, enabling them to achieve innovation and competitiveness.

Following the successful launch of two bespoke degree programmes, the strong working relationship between Capgemini UK and Aston provided an opportunity to work with government to create the very first Degree Apprenticeship for the UK.

The four and a half year, Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship was launched in September 2015 and enables students to commence their University studies from day one of their apprenticeship, whilst simultaneously working for Capgemini UK. This combination enables students to learn the academics behind being a software engineer, whilst putting their newly acquired skills into practice in the business. The programme includes a range of bespoke modules designed specifically to help produce the software engineers and application consultants of the future, with particular emphasis being placed on the practical application of skills.

Professor Ian Nabney, who has been developing the Degree Apprenticeships and partnerships on behalf of Aston University, says, “Aston University is committed to innovative employer-led learning. The aim of these new apprenticeships is to combine academic learning with real-life technical and business skills to ensure that the UK has the talented and creative digital workforce that it needs in the future. We have been very impressed by the commitment shown by the apprentice students and their high level of academic performance.”

The programmes development demonstrates Capgemini UK’s commitment to avoid the much expected skills shortages that are set to hit the IT sector in the next decade.

“Capgemini UK sees this collaboration as a way to create and meet our ambitions in growing our talent base and skills for the future. We need to have a model which keeps us current and able to meet the ever changing business and technology requirements we face. The Degree Apprenticeship provides an exceptional career platform for the young people wanting to come into our business.” Anouska Ramsay, Talent Director, Capgemini UK.

Capgemini UK now has 39 individuals on the Degree Apprenticeship and is committed to hiring up to another 70 Degree Apprentices over the course of 2016. Feedback from the Degree Apprentices who joined in September demonstrates the value that this opportunity has provided.

“The opportunity to study for a degree alongside working for Capgemini UK has given me a real advantage to kick-start my career. My experience so far has been life changing; working on real client projects, as well as attending webinars, Aston meetings, studying and making new lifetime friends. The DA Programme will give me the opportunity to fulfil my career ambitions.” Jordan Turner, Degree Apprentice, Capgemini UK plc.

“Since joining I have felt empowered to be able to take control of my career. I have been inspired working alongside knowledgeable professionals and I am excited to see the next challenge I am faced with.” Alisa Vara, Degree Apprentice, Capgemini UK plc.

Following the success of the Digital and Technology Solutions Apprenticeship, Capgemini UK has also started a new venture with Aston to develop innovative degree apprentice programmes based on the businesses changing needs.
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