As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Harrow College and Capgemini worked together to create a special ‘Ask the Apprentice’ event on the afternoon of Thursday 10th March 2016.
Associate Head of Faculty for Technology & Art, Ms Sanghani, accompanied three Sixth Form student’s to the event where former Kingsbury High School student, Radhika Parmar, joined a panel of other Apprentices to talk about her experience.
Radhika joined Capgemini last year on the degree apprenticeship and is now living in Sale and working towards her BSc in Computer Programming degree. She said
“The event was a great way to promote the types of apprenticeships around, and the various companies who provide them. I’m pleased I chose an apprenticeship instead of university, and I would really recommend it because the opportunity is incredible. It was great to see people from my school, who introduced Capgemini to me”.
The event was led by Capgemini Chairman Christine Hodgson. It was open to young people, parents/guardians, employers and careers advisors and it offered a great opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships and speak to current apprentices.
In addition to a strong Capgemini presence, other employers and apprentices who attended included representatives from British Gas, Lloyds Banking Group, Travis Perkins, Rolls-Royce, Nationwide Building Society, Barclays Bank and the Civil Service.
The event offered plenty of opportunities for networking for the employers and attendees.
Michelle Perkins Capgemini Schools Outreach Director said “With two former students attending we were totally delighted to see students and staff from Kingsbury High at the event. I hope that some more Kingsbury High students will join us as Apprentices this year! Capgemini really likes working with Kingsbury High. Ms Sanghani in particular is a wonderful supporter of the school’s students, encouraging them to make the best choices about their futures.”
Also in attendance was another Capgemini Apprentice and former Kingsbury High School student, Anika Mahangra, who said “As a former Kingsbury High School student it was great to see current students there. Being introduced to Capgemini in this way is how I came to be a Capgemini Apprentice. Some of the things that persuaded me to choose an Apprentice route were the fact that I would have no debt and also gain skills/experience that is relevant to the job. I was able to strengthen my CV and get as much guidance and support when needed. I’m finding my Apprenticeship both amazing and challenging I hope other students will consider the Apprentice route as a viable option to the traditional university route.”