Twenty-five students from the University of Birmingham have had the opportunity to work together with Capgemini colleagues, as part of ‘The Capgemini Community Challenge Programme’ , in a week-long challenge to deliver projects by five Shropshire charities, including Age Concern Wrekin, Cruse Bereavement and Severn Hospice.
The students were split into teams, with a Capgemini mentor and two Capgemini support colleagues, and endeavored to match the challenges given to them with unparalleled business acumen and the lucrative, innovative skills that they have acquired at the University.
The Capgemini mentors, consisting of the 2011 LA Alumni and the Capgemini support of the 2011 ADA Alumni, provided advice and guidance throughout the week ensuring that the teams rose to the Challenge and delivered great results.
The week ended with team Delta’s successful impression on the judges. The team attempted to tackle Age Concern Wrekin’s challenge to raise £10,000 for a new minibus. They both negotiated a £4,000 discount off the new bus, and created an entirely new brand for the transport service.
Other lucrative challenges the students faced included market research at Telford Shopping Centre, mystery shopping at Ironbridge Gorge Museum, a meet and greet with canine residents of Hilbrae Kennels and end-of-the-week presentations inside the main space of Telford ASE.
As well as the clear advantages for the charities, the students from the Business School and Computer Science departments obtained first-hand project experience, unparalleled enthusiasm and business acumen. According to Aspire’s Head of Delivery Billie Major, who sponsors the relationship with University of Birmingham, the Programme far exceeded her expectations, ‘During the week, the engagement that was achieved between the students and our people was remarkable and the quality of the outputs that teams delivered to the charities was very pleasing.’
The University’s Director of Student Employability, Eluned Jones, described the Challenge Programme as ‘an entirely new and unique experience between a top flight graduate recruiter, community groups and some of our most engaged and dynamic students.’
She went on to say, ‘It is our intention that this is the first of many Capgemini Community Challenges to come and I very much look forward to developing even stronger links with Capgemini over the coming years.’