Industrial Placements 2017 at CGI

Where: England - Multiple

Deadline: February 21, 2018

Type: Placement Year

The role

If you join CGI as a Technical placement student you can expect to work on different projects in roles such as programming, testing or developing. We typically have placement vacancies within the following industries: Defence, Public Sector and Space.

We also recruit technical placement students into various base locations across the UK with our main hubs being; Borders, Bridgend, Glasgow, Reading and Leatherhead. There may also be some opportunities in locations such as Birmingham.

As CGI is a consultancy, your projects could operate from your base office, a client site or at other CGI offices asides from your base location. You should therefore be prepared for some travel in your role. As part of the selection process, you will be asked to state your industry and location preferences so we would encourage you to do your research about where you would like to go. Please note that different units operate from different locations and so your first preference for unit and location may not always be a match, so we would encourage you to think about how flexible you can be.

What you’ll get

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 chart 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 3% of salary.

You will start at CGI on a Student Recruitment specific induction. The Student Recruitment and Learning & Development teams will support you during your first couple of years with CGI before you move on to the experiences members training opportunities. This could include webinars relating to soft skills training or a workshop on communication skills, we also have many e-learning and face to face training opportunities that will be available to you. You will benefit from a having a buddy, a Line Manager and a Career or People Manager alongside your first-class training and development, including the opportunity to train for professional qualifications.

You’ll also be able to access a range of excellent benefits, including;

  • Relocation Allowance
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Pension contributions
  • Profit participation plan
  • Share purchase plan
  • Season ticket loan
  • Sports and Social club
  • Health and life benefits
  • Member voluntary discounts

Our requirements

You will need to demonstrate a real interest and passion for Technology. Our Technical Placement Students will have studied for either a Computer Science related degree or will come from a STEM degree subject. Depending on which industry you would like to join, we will consider students working towards a minimum 2:1.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Be part of building one of the largest independent technology and business services firms in the world.

No unsolicited agency referrals please. CGI is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply:

Application process

CGI’s assessment process really is designed to get the best out of you. All applications are made via our website and we would encourage you to always check what is currently live via the Apply Now button. We would also encourage you to research our different business units and locations to see what suits you best.

Our application form asks you to fill in some short questions and we will also ask you to upload a CV. If your application meets what we are looking for then we will call you for a short telephone screening where we will discuss your business unit and location preferences in relation to the roles that are available. If that matches then we will invite you to an assessment centre in one of our central hubs which may be different to your base location preference, typically Birmingham, Glasgow, Leatherhead and Reading. Just because your assessment centre is in these locations it doesn’t mean that you will be working there when you join! The assessment centre comprises different exercises, normally a group exercise, written exercise and interview with someone from your preferred business unit. Sometimes you may have your interview or have a second interview on a separate day.

That really is it and from there we hope to be making you an offer within about approximately a week from your assessment centre.

What do we look for?

We ask that you are able to show a clear drive to start a successful career within the IT sector and a clear passion for working for CGI. The majority of our students/graduate will have studied computer science or IT/STEM based subjects that required them to use programming. Whilst most of our roles involve an element of development, programming, testing or analytics we also look for students/graduates to join our business roles if they are passionate about technology. As well as technical ability, equally important is your ability to listen and communicate. The success of our business depends on our ability to engage with our clients and get under the skin of their organisations. As well as an inquisitive mind, you’ll therefore need to be a strong relationship builder. You’ll need to be flexible, open to sharing ideas and truly collaborative in your approach.

We also ask that you’re working towards a minimum of a 2:2/2:1* degree or above in a relevant IT/STEM subject (we will consider other related degrees if you able to demonstrate clear experience with programs such as open source and/or programming languages including java, C++, C#) for our Technical roles. If you are joining in a Business role we will ask that you’re working towards a minimum of a 2:2/2:1* degree or above in any subject (with a preference for IT/STEM subjects) and that you have a genuine interest and passion for technology. You will also need least 240 UCAS points, or equivalent, gained in one academic year excluding General Studies.

*The degree grade needed varies between the different business units

Application hints and tips

We assess each candidate consistently against our requirements and CGIs core competencies. Please click on each section below to find out more about each stage of the process.

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