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Want to earn while you learn?
At CGI we’re offering you a unique opportunity to be part of something exciting and earn while you learn on our Edinburgh Graduate 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 70,000 professionals from hundreds of locations worldwide.
Right now we’re 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 and making decisions. With open-ended prospects for advancement, you’ll have every opportunity to reach the top.
Join our programme and you’ll study towards a BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (ITMB), one day a week at Edinburgh Napier University, whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real projects at CGI. You’ll also benefit from a competitive starting salary, 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.
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.
The best thing about joining us is that while you may start working in one area, the opportunity to move internally is huge, so you can take control of your career from your first day. The Edinburgh Programme is sponsored by our North, Energy, Utilities and Telecoms (EUT) area of the business and you could be based from our Edinburgh or Glasgow office.
The nature of our business you work on ‘projects’, meaning you’re never doing the same thing and you can have different roles across various projects, so there is no ‘typical day’. As CGI is a consultancy, it may also mean you are working from your base office, on client site, in another CGI office or sometimes from home. You should therefore, be prepared for some travel in your role. 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.
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 and a ‘Buddy’ which is a current or graduated student of a school leaver programme to help you with anything else you may need.
As a Graduate Apprentice (GA) you study for your Honours degree alongside your work-based apprenticeship position and have the support of both Edinburgh Napier staff and CGI. This unique combination offers an integrated experience where practical skills and knowledge gained during the university days can be embedded in your working practices from an early stage, the skills learned directly in the workplace are aligned with and can be applied to coursework and assessment. To develop your capabilities throughout the programme you are provide with detailed online support , academic and work-based mentors.
The preferred requirement is 4 Highers at Grade B or above including 1 in Maths, Physics or Computing (equivalent qualifications are accepted) unless you can show strong technical (programming/development) ability through work experience or extra-curricular activities. Also, at least 7 Scottish National 5 at grade 1-3 including English or Maths (equivalent qualifications are accepted).