Last week our A level students were invited to join Mike Proctor from Capgemini for a talk about the benefits of apprenticeships. KHS have worked closely with Capgemini for a number of years and a number of our students have secured themselves an apprenticeship place with the company. Mike said : ”It was fantastic to come to Kingsbury on Friday to talk to students about the changing perceptions of apprenticeships and what Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship could offer. It was great to interact with student’s that were so engaged and actively thinking about their future careers. Degree apprenticeships are a great alternative to university and it was interesting hearing the archaic perceptions that may dissuade students to go down this route. I really enjoyed talking students through the application process and hopefully have given them some top tips they can use when applying for jobs in the future. The Capgemini degree apprenticeship programme is open now for applications for 2018. For more information about the requirements and job roles and to apply visit our website. https://www.capgemini.com/gb-en/careers/jobs/2018-degree-apprentice-programme/ ”
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.”
On Ada Lovelace Day (Tuesday 13th October) Kingsbury High School students were invited to Conway Hall in Holborn to celebrate Ada (considered the world’s first computer programmer) and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Thanks to Capgemini, seven Year 12 girls were invited to the event which played host to the UK’s ‘most fabulous women in STEM’. Speakers included Abbie Hutty, senior spacecraft structures engineer on Airbus’ ExoMars Rover Project; Dr Jen Gupta, an astrophysicist and science communicator based in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth; Dr Sujata Kundu, a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London; Elaine Chew, Professor of Digital Media at Queen Mary University of London; Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at UCL; Lucy Haken, Science television producer/director; and Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of Ada Lovelace Day.
The Year 12 induction process carried on two excellent traditions at the start of the new academic year: visits from 30 alumni to inspire and motivate the “next generation” of Sixth Form students; and an introductory programme devised by the Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefect Team, to welcome the new Sixth Formers and pass on wisdom from their own experiences. We were also delighted to host Michelle Perkins, of technology firm Capgemini, who talked to the students about some exciting opportunities with that business, including apprenticeships that some of our students have secured in recent years; and to introduce singer/songwriter Sheena Evans, a former student, who performed some very well-received tracks from her soon-to-be released EP.
Michelle said “I was so amazed by not just the achievements of the alumni students, but their fondness for Kingsbury, their individuality and their confidence in talking to a crowd. It was a really great event.”
Sheena added “There’s nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to see the ways in which you yourself have altered. Visiting Kingsbury High and walking the same hallways that were once my second home was a bizarre feeling, especially after so many years. Then being able to not only perform for the new sixth formers, but also to hopefully inspire is something I don’t take for granted. Having been sat in their position some time ago, I understand how pivotal this time is for the students, and if any budding musicians were thinking ‘could they?’ I hope I’m proof enough to ensure ‘they can!’. And for those on a completely different path I hope to have delivered a warm welcome.”
As a result of this event, a former student has set up a LinkedIn networking group for alumni, we are holding an alumni-led UCAS/Personal Statement surgery and another former student has offered Year 12 students an opportunity to attend an outreach day at global consultancy firm, Accenture. We are very grateful for the support we receive from our alumni and delighted to maintain links with them as they make their way in the world. Further alumni information can be found on our school website and on our alumni features page on our school blog.
If you are a former student, you can sign up to our network here.
Thanks to former student, Louis Cheshire for assisting with the photography.
Kingsbury High School’s Head of Computing, Manisha Sanghani and three Sixth Form students were invited to the Capgemini offices in Holborn on Thursday 5th March 2015 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Capgemini, one of the world’s leading IT and consulting companies, hosted the event with guest speaker Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities.
The lucky Sixth Form Students, Radhika Parmar, Bindiya Ganesh and Jayna Patel, listened to the talk followed by a Q&A session; and were able to network with Nicky Morgan and Capgemini staff, including Christine Hodgson, Capgemini CEO; and Michelle Perkins, Director of the Schools Outreach Programme.
Manisha said “We’ve been really fortunate to have been invited to these wonderful events for the last couple of years. Our students really enjoy seeing what it’s like to work in this corporate setting and benefit immensely from listening to such inspiring guest speakers. One former student was so inspired after attend this event that she applied for a Capgemini apprenticeship and is now fully immersed into the programme.”
On Thursday 20th March 2014, Capgemini, one of the world’s leading IT and consulting companies, hosted a networking event to celebrate International Woman’s Day.
Kingsbury High School Sixth Form students, Anika, Bindiya, Ushma and Radhika were invited to attend the event, where they heard a talk from Sly Bailey, followed by a Q & A session. Sly was on the board of a magazine publishing company at just 31 having worked her way up from being a shop assistant. She is probably best known for her role as Chief Executive at Trinity Mirror. She is now on the board of Ladbrokes; as well as being a governor at the English National Ballet schools and a non-executive director of Greencore, an Irish food company.
On Thursday 12th September, Capgemini, one of the world’s leading IT and consulting companies, hosted an event called Women’s Business Network with a focus on Inspirational Women in Technology.
Year 13 Kingsbury High School students, Anika, Bindiya and Ushma, were invited to attend the event, where they heard a talk from Kathryn Parsons, Co-founder of Decoded and winner of the New Generation prize at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year awards; followed by a Q & A session.
Back in March, these students were part of a team of Kingsbury High School students who won first prize in a mobile phone app building competition, Young App Developer of the Future. Their prize was to spend a day at Capgemini offices in London.
Michelle Perkins, Director of the Capgemini Schools Outreach Programme, said “It was great to see the ladies from KHS in our Holborn office again. We were also lucky enough to be joined by Kathryn Parsons of Decoded fame, and her recent Veuve Clicquot award win means she is indeed becoming quite the famous entrepreneur. Hearing from a young highly successful British female entrepreneur was inspiring and entertaining. I hope that Anika, Bindiya and Ushma took some inspiration from Kathryn’s story.
Capgemini regularly hosts events to showcase female talent and give colleagues the chance to catch up. This was the first time that we hosted students, and I’m really glad we did. It gave us a chance to enrich our relationship with the school and in particular these three students. They are an absolute credit to the school and my colleagues enjoyed meeting them and their teachers. Bindya’s attempt to bring a touch of glamour to our wall art was really good fun and a talking point!
We run a school leaver programme for A Level students, having met a few of the KHS students, I really hope that some will become Capgemini colleagues in the near future!”
Enter Capgemini’s current competition which is open to 14-18 year olds.
[text & photographs by Camille Shah]