Capgemini UK launches its new Degree Apprenticeship

26 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Capgemini has in collaboration with Birmingham-based Aston University launched a new Degree Apprenticeship Programme. The firm will seek 65 students for the 4,5 year programme, students who will fulfil different client facing roles at Capgemini while studying for a degree from Aston University.

The Degree Apprenticeship Programme
The Degree Apprenticeship Programme is a Tech Partnership led industry-wide initiative which has been developed by Capgemini and Aston University in collaboration with the UK Government. The Apprenticeship consists of a four and a half year programme during which students will work in different client facing roles spread across Capgemini’s UK offices to develop core technical skills. At the same time, they will be studying towards a BSc in Digital Technology & Solutions, a course developed by Capgemini and Aston University to develop the technical knowledge and skill set required for career in the technology sector.

The apprentices will earn a salary while working and are not required to pay tuition fees.

Capgemini UK and Aston University

For its Degree Apprenticeship Programme, Capgemini will search for 65 students to join the consulting firm in September for the 2015-2016 academic year. Selected students will start off with an 11-week accelerated learning environment in Capgemini’s National Apprentice Training Centre.

Commenting on the new scheme, Anouska Ramsay, Capgemini's Director of Talent, says: “Our new Degree Apprenticeship Programme will enable young people to build the academic and practical skills needed for success in the tech sector and help create the talent needed to boost the digital economy. At Capgemini we have long been committed to nurturing young talent and are proud to be working at the forefront of this industry-wide initiative that will help the UK to compete on the global stage within the technology sector.”

Apprenticeships
For consulting firms, apprenticeships are an excellent method to find and nurture future talent while providing students an alternative option to the traditional university route towards a degree and the development of skills. In addition to Capgemini, Capita also recently announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme and is looking for 10 engineering apprentices in 2015. Furthermore, Atos recently announced a recruitment drive for 100 apprentices for its Atos Apprenticeship Scheme, while counterpart Accenture is eyeing 100 new apprentices for its expanded UK Technology Apprenticeship.

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”