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  • Business & Admin, IT
  • Higher Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships

Top employers for school and college leavers 2015-16

  • Overall Ranking 86th
  • Overall score 75.5%
Category Ranking Score
SPONSORED DEGREES 7th 73.9%
HIGHER APPRENTICESHIPS 19th 78.7%
IT & TECHNOLOGY 7th 75.5%

Editorials

Profile

So who are CGI?

CGI is a global information technology and business process services provider with 68,000 professionals serving clients from hundreds of locations worldwide, across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe who provide end-to-end IT and business process services that facilitate the ongoing evolution of our clients’ businesses.

Our aspiration is very simple: to be the best at what we do and help our clients to succeed.  To achieve this we foster local accountability for client success whilst bringing our global strength and onshore, nearshore and offshore delivery capabilities to deliver the right blend of solutions for our clients.  Across the UK we have around 6000 members who bring specific industry knowledge with a broad range of client experience in order to be a true local partner.  We differentiate ourselves by our way of working — approachable, flexible and easy to do business with.

With 40 years of experience and continued business growth we offer financial strength and business rigour to support some of the UK’s biggest and best brands across the commercial and public sectors.  Our teams have experience in delivering award winning programmes in space, defence and national security, central government and the public sector including health, as well as the commercial sector including financial services, oil and gas, energy and utilities and telecoms.

We deliver a full spectrum of innovative and adaptable solutions including IT and business consulting, systems integration, application management and development, IP-based solutions, flexible infrastructure services and comprehensive outsourcing services.

- CGI in the UK snapshot:

- Serving clients across the commercial and public sectors

- Industry expertise, end-to-end service offerings and rich IP-based solutions that advance clients' business goals

- Alliances with global partners including Microsoft, Oracle and SAP to deliver the best solutions for our clients

- Around 6,000 experts based across the UK

- The first 5* accredited service desk in the world (Service Desk Institute)

- Offices in 16 UK towns and cities

CGI and students – what do CGI have to offer?

CGI offers a world of opportunity. We're a global company, so you'll benefit from the wide range of resources and experiences a company our size can offer as well as the local support you will receive from the student community. You will work on our real live projects meaning you can shape and develop your career choosing different roles and career paths and across our different business units.

At the same time, you'll be part of a unique culture that gives you the freedom to innovate, to make decisions, to achieve your full potential and to develop your own career. We also believe your success is directly linked to the success of CGI – so much so that through our Share Purchase Plan you become an “owner” of CGI through purchasing CGI shares on the open market, with the added benefit of CGI matching your contribution up to 2.5% of salary.

For all of our School and College leavers we offer permanent, full-time careers so there is no worry about finding a job when you complete the programme. We also cover all tuition or training fees and the resources you need such as books and materials. When you join the company you are also given a laptop and mobile phone. You can use your laptop for your studies and training. So you have everything you need to get started!

During the programme you will benefit from a dedicated People Manager, buddy and mentor as well as first-class training and development, including the opportunity to train for professional qualifications. We also know starting a new job can be expensive, that is why we offer a relocation allowance to those that qualify under our policy. You’ll also be able to access a range of excellent benefits, including;

- Relocation Allowance

- 25 days annual leave

- Pension contributions

- Profit participation plan (annual bonus)

- Share purchase plan

- Season ticket loan

- Sports and Social club

- Health and life benefits

- Member voluntary discounts

You’ll also be entitled to join our flexible benefits scheme. This allows you to change certain benefits to suit your lifestyle. For instance, you could buy or sell holidays, take out additional insurance or buy discounted childcare vouchers.

At CGI, we are also passionate about the communities in which we live and work. We take the skills required to be a leading IT services company—problem solving, creativity and dedication—and put them to work to make a positive difference. Through volunteer and pro-bono initiatives and financial investments, students will have the opportunity to contribute to those causes that benefit the well-being of our communities.

School leaver opportunities

Degree Apprenticeships/Grad Level Apprenticeships

CGI’s Degree Apprenticeship/Grad Level Apprenticeship offers you the chance to gain a degree, debt free, whilst starting your professional career and earning a competitive starting salary of £14,100.

At CGI we’re offering you a unique opportunity to find out if you have got what it takes to earn while you learn on our Degree Apprenticeship/Grad Level Apprenticeship. We’re a company that each day enables the transfer of £3 trillion, protects against 43 million cyber-attacks, drives two thirds of the world’s SMS messages, helps satellites journey into space, and who employs 65,000 professionals in 40 countries across five continents.

Right now we are on the lookout for talent – students and school leavers, people who are passionate about technology and hungry to learn. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects. And with open-ended prospects for advancement, you’ll have every opportunity to reach the top.

What sorts of projects will you be working on?

You could work in everything from Space and Defence to Bid Management, Contracts, Marketing, Programming, Cyber-Security and Project Management. The best thing about joining us is that while you may start in one of these areas, the opportunity to move internally is huge, so you can take control of your career from your first day. Our undergraduates have worked on top-secret national security projects, sent satellites to Mars, helped win multi-million pound projects and made sure that all our projects are planned and executed to the standards our clients expect.

Due to the nature of our business, you work on ‘projects’. This means you’re never doing the same thing and you can have different roles across various projects, so there is no ‘typical day’. It also may mean you are working on client site, in another CGI office or sometimes from home. It really does vary at CGI. And that’s the exciting thing, it really is up to you to shape and develop your career in the direction you want to go with the support of others.

Support

To ensure you have the support for this programme, you will have a designated People/Career Manager who will support you with your career development and professional conduct at CGI. You will also have Line Managers on your projects that look after you on a day-by-day basis. Alongside this you will have a Senior Mentor who supports your University studies and network within CGI and a ‘Buddy’ which is a current or graduated student of the programme to help you with anything else you may need.

Winchester University Degree Apprenticeship

Join our programme and you’ll study towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree (Business or IT focus) at the University of Winchester one day a week and spend the other four developing your career at CGI based in CGI’s Reading or Leatherhead offices. You’ll also benefit from a starting salary of £14,100, fully paid tuition fees and all the support you need to succeed. No one day is the same at CGI, meaning you can shape and develop your career throughout the course of the programme then continue with us after graduation.

As outlined above, we have two programmes; one that is Technical, designed for those who want to pursue an IT/Computing career and another with a Business Focus for those that are interested in Business Management and Project Management careers. This course will take three years to complete and with our sponsorship, you won’t have to pay a single penny in tuition fees. We’ll even provide the course resources and materials required, so there’s no need to worry about textbooks either. You can also use your laptop you are given when you join CGI to use at University. Individuals who participate in the scheme are able to access the same learning opportunities as those who go down the traditional route of direct entry into college or university.

Open Evenings

We hold Open Evenings throughout the year for our Winchester Sponsored Degree Programme. This is where you can find out more about how the programme works and what sort of projects you could be working on. You’ll hear from CGI managers and representatives from the University of Winchester as well as getting a first-hand account from undergraduates on the programme. Join us for a drink and light buffet afterwards where you can have a more informal chat with everyone. Your parents/guardians are welcome to join.

Aston University Degree Apprenticeship

Your degree will be debt free and you’ll study towards a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions at Aston University, as well as remotely, whilst also developing your career at over 4 and a half years. No one day is the same at CGI, meaning you can shape and develop your career throughout the course of the programme then continue with us after graduation.

As mentioned, this course will take four and a half years to complete and with our sponsorship, you won’t have to pay a single penny in tuition fees. We’ll even provide the course resources and materials required, so there’s no need to worry about textbooks either. You can also use your laptop you are given when you join CGI to use at University. Individuals who participate in the scheme are able to access the same learning opportunities as those who go down the traditional route of direct entry into college or university.

Glasgow Caledonian Grad Level Apprenticeship

You will get a debt free degree, BSc (Hons) Software Development, one day a week at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real-life projects at CGI. No one day is the same at CGI, meaning you can shape and develop your career throughout the course of the programme then continue with us after graduation.

This course will take four years to complete and, with our sponsorship, you won’t have to pay a single penny in tuition fees. We’ll even provide the course resources and materials required, so there’s no need to worry about textbooks either. You can also use your laptop you are given when you join CGI to use at University. Individuals who participate in the scheme are able to access the same learning opportunities as those who go down the traditional route of direct entry into college or university.

Apprenticeships

We launched our Higher IT Apprenticeship Programmes in 2014. We have programmes that enable students to specialise in a technical field from Software Development, Cyber Security, Open Source and SAP. If the technical field isn’t what the student is after, we also have highly successful apprenticeships in Project Management and Payroll.

Apprentices will spend twelve weeks across the two year programme studying with our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating training provider, QA, learning the key skills and knowledge of their specialism. This is supplemented by learning on-the-job for the rest of the time as they will be working on our client projects developing their careers within CGI. We start our apprentices on £14,100 and pay for all their training and related course fees.

It’s right for those who don’t want to go on to university, but want to specialise in a specific area of IT or extend their IT knowledge with further on-the-job training. We need two C’s at A-level including a computing/IT subject or a completed Advanced IT Apprenticeship and five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English, Science and Maths) or equivalent.

We are exploring the opportunity to offer those apprentices who want to continue to develop their higher education further to join into our Sponsored Degree Programme to enable them to obtain a full degree in 4/5 years from joining us.

Our Apprenticeship programmes are great for School Leavers that have a career path in mind and want to learn whilst earning at the same time. We have various apprenticeship programmes across our business ranging from levels 2-4. Join us as an apprentice and not only will you enjoy the benefits of a permanent, full-time employment contract, you can look forward to the structured training, hands-on learning, and the support and encouragement you need to get your career off to a strong start.

During your apprenticeship you’ll study for a recognised technology qualification. And what’s even better is this learning is complemented by on-the-job training on real, live projects. So you can start to develop your career from day one.

Our Service Desk Apprenticeship Programme – South Wales

CGI has an award winning, world class, 5* Service Desk based in Bridgend and we are looking for our future leaders in technical and leadership roles. Over the 15 month programme you will train towards a full Microsoft certified IT Systems Networking level 3 Apprenticeship onsite with QA. We offer a range of roles across many different sectors including; Service Delivery, Project Management, Technical and Project Services.

During your technical training you will receive Microsoft Technology Associate qualifications in:

- Networking Fundamentals

- Operating System Essentials

- Windows Server

- Security Fundamentals

And also cover key core business skills including;

- Communication skills

- Time management

- ITIL Foundation

- Customer Service

Your studies will be complemented with on-the-job training gained on live projects with real jobs and real clients from day one. Previous apprentices have worked on top-secret national security projects, played their part in sending satellites to Mars and helped to win multi-million pound projects – all whilst continuing to maintain and deliver the high standards CGI clients have come to expect.

The best thing about joining us as an apprentice is that, while you may start in one area, the opportunity to move internally is huge. And because we also offer a permanent contract, you can grow your career in the direction you like, right from the start. You’ll have a designated People Manager who will support your career development at CGI as well as a Line Manager on your projects who support you on a day-by-day basis. On top of this, we also allocate a buddy/mentor who will assist you on the road to success.

Salary & benefits

Degree Apprenticeship/Grad Level Apprenticeship:

CGI’s degree apprenticeship/grad level apprenticeship offers you the chance to gain a degree, debt free, whilst starting your professional career and earning a competitive starting salary of £14,100.

For all of our School and College leavers we offer permanent, full-time careers so there is no worry about finding a job when you complete the programme. We also cover all tuition or training fees and the resources you need such as books and materials. When you join the company you are also given a laptop and mobile phone. You can use your laptop for your studies and training. So you have everything you need to get started!

During the programme you will benefit from a dedicated People Manager, buddy and mentor as well as first-class training and development, including the opportunity to train for professional qualifications. We also know starting a new job can be expensive, that is why we offer a relocation allowance to those that qualify under our policy. You’ll also be able to access a range of excellent benefits, including;

- Relocation Allowance

- 25 days annual leave

- Pension contributions

- Profit participation plan (annual bonus)

- Share purchase plan

- Season ticket loan

- Sports and Social club

- Health and life benefits

- Member voluntary discounts

You’ll also be entitled to join our flexible benefits scheme. This allows you to change certain benefits to suit your lifestyle. For instance, you could buy or sell holidays, take out additional insurance or buy discounted childcare vouchers.

At CGI, we are also passionate about the communities in which we live and work. We take the skills required to be a leading IT services company—problem solving, creativity and dedication—and put them to work to make a positive difference. Through volunteer and pro-bono initiatives and financial investments, students will have the opportunity to contribute to those causes that benefit the well-being of our communities.

Apprenticeship:

Our Apprenticeship programmes are great for School Leavers that have a career path in mind and want to learn whilst earning at the same time with a competitive starting salary of £14,100.

For all of our School and College leavers we offer permanent, full-time careers so there is no worry about finding a job when you complete the programme. We also cover all tuition or training fees and the resources you need such as books and materials. When you join the company you are also given a laptop and mobile phone. You can use your laptop for your studies and training. So you have everything you need to get started!

During the programme you will benefit from a dedicated People Manager, buddy and mentor as well as first-class training and development, including the opportunity to train for professional qualifications. We also know starting a new job can be expensive, that is why we offer a relocation allowance to those that qualify under our policy. You’ll also be able to access a range of excellent benefits, including;

- Relocation Allowance

- 25 days annual leave

- Pension contributions

- Profit participation plan (annual bonus)

- Share purchase plan

- Season ticket loan

- Sports and Social club

- Health and life benefits

- Member voluntary discounts

You’ll also be entitled to join our flexible benefits scheme. This allows you to change certain benefits to suit your lifestyle. For instance, you could buy or sell holidays, take out additional insurance or buy discounted childcare vouchers.

At CGI, we are also passionate about the communities in which we live and work. We take the skills required to be a leading IT services company—problem solving, creativity and dedication—and put them to work to make a positive difference. Through volunteer and pro-bono initiatives and financial investments, students will have the opportunity to contribute to those causes that benefit the well-being of our communities.

Requirements

Degree Apprenticeship/Grad Level Apprenticeship:

To have or be predicated to achieve at least 300 UCAS points across three A-Levels or equivalent BTECs at grade C or above (excluding General Studies) gained in the same academic year (or equivalent) or a completed Advanced IT Apprenticeship. Also a minimum of five A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent), including English, Maths and Science. For the IT focused programmes, your A-Levels(or equivalent e.g. Scottish Nationals, BTEC etc) should include an IT related subject, unless you can show strong technical (programming/development) ability through work experience or extra-curricular activities.

If you have any questions regarding our entry requirements, please contact us at ukstudents@cgi.com

Please note: We will need to see original certificates for all qualifications. Due to UK Government security requirements we are only able to accept applications from candidates who have the unrestricted right to live and work in the United Kingdom, and have lived in the United Kingdom for a minimum of 5 years with no breaks of 28 days or more. Please contact us if you have any queries.

(Our School Leaver Programmes are designed for candidates with A-Levels (or equivalent e.g. Scottish Nationals, BTEC etc) who do not yet have a degree. If you are working towards a degree, or already have one, please see our Industrial Placement and Graduate Programmes. Please contact us if you already have a degree but would like to apply for one of our School Leaver Programmes before applying.)

Apprenticeship:

To have or be predicted to achieve at least 160 UCAS points across two A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above (excluding General Studies) including a computing/IT/STEM subject gained in the same academic year or a completed Advanced IT Apprenticeship. Also a minimum of five A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent), including English, Maths and Science.

If you have any questions regarding our entry requirements, please contact us at ukstudents@cgi.com

Please note: We will need to see original certificates for all qualifications. Due to UK Government security requirements we are only able to accept applications from candidates who have the unrestricted right to live and work in the United Kingdom, and have lived in the United Kingdom for a minimum of 5 years with no breaks of 28 days or more. Please contact us if you have any queries.

(Our School Leaver Programmes are designed for candidates with A-Levels (or equivalent e.g. Scottish Nationals, BTEC etc) who do not yet have a degree. If you are working towards a degree, or already have one, please see our Industrial Placement and Graduate Programmes. Please contact us if you already have a degree but would like to apply for one of our School Leaver Programmes before applying.)

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