Apprentice life at Fujitsu

We’d love for you to be the next generation of our organisation - An organisation that is developing new technologies, pushing the boundaries of Digital, and shaping the way we live our lives. Our Apprentice Programme is a way for you to study whilst you earn with a wide range of different apprenticeships available for you to choose from.

We support our apprentices in delivering outstanding results. Additionally we provide the opportunity for you to get involved in a number of exciting activities alongside your chosen role and recommend that our apprentices take these opportunities offered to them in order to stand out.

Who will you become?

Apprentice Programme Overview

Our Apprenticeship Programme is a blend of different learning mechanisms. You will earn whilst you learn, undertaking a nationally recognised professional qualification as well as gaining job specific skills by working alongside experienced Fujitsu colleagues. In addition to this we provide you with a pastoral programme to aid in your all round personal development over the course of your apprenticeship. We have three levels of Apprenticeships available in a wide variety of different roles.

What to expect in Year One

As well as studying with your training provider, you’ll become part of the Junior Talent network in Fujitsu. This programme will help you develop in a number of ways which will help you shape our tomorrow.

01 Induction

October

This is a great opportunity to find out even more about Fujitsu, to meet your peers and understand how you will fit into the company. You'll meet high level stakeholders, interact with current graduates and start building the network that will underpin your career at Fujitsu.

02 Resilience Awareness

November

You will learn the importance of resilience and solution focussed thinking, using a framework called FLIP (Focus, Language, Imagination, Pattern breaking.)

03 Business Area Overview

December

This is ran internally by key members of all of our business areas. You will get to understand each of our business lines, how we work and how we serve our customers.

04 Business Awareness

February

During this module you will gain an insight into how the organisation wins business, delivers business and retains business. This is delivered in an interactive way with key members of the business.

05 Personal Impact

March

Understanding of your values and beliefs, developing your self-awareness, establish your personal brand and understand stakeholders and their needs.

06 Leadership in Action

July

Focuses on understanding how you work in a team, as a leader and a follower. Develop your own leadership proposition and understand your development areas.

What to expect in Year Two

01 DTC Customer Hackathons

November

We’ll expose you to some of our customer problems, and over the course of two days, using our Design Thinking methodology you will present a solution back to the customer.

02 LaunchPad

May

Reflecting on the skills you have acquired over the programme and identifying where you want to go next. Using 360 feedback, individual and group activities, this module will help you to identify any skills gaps.

03 Graduation

September

An opportunity to reflect on your first two years in the company. It is a fun and interactive opportunity to celebrate with your cohort and recognise achievements, both on an individual and collective level.

Thoughts from our Apprentices

Kelsey Jones

Digital & Technology Solutions
Degree Apprentice

I would describe the culture as supportive and flexible. The majority of my colleagues are always happy to help and teach me things.

What do you love about working at Fujitsu?

I believe there are no limits here. I want to exceed my potential and have an incredibly successful career- I feel I'm on my way to achieving that. I also have a fantastic support network here – people I see as family. I moved across the country for this role, so that's really important to me.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day would start with coming into the office for 8AM, doing general admin and preparing for the day. On my current account, the focus is around IT infrastructure and development. I normally have multiple meetings and leave the office at round 4PM. After work I will either to go the gym or attend a university webinar.

What made you apply to Fujitsu?

I read Fujitsu's degree advert online, I liked how flexible it was with different specialisation routes. At first I didn’t apply, but a few weeks later my father and I had to take a detour through Winchester. Driving through the city, we fell in love with it and I tried to recall where I had read the name ‘Winchester’ before. I finally realised it was the advert for Fujitsu’s Degree Apprenticeship scheme at the University of Winchester.

What training do you receive on the programme?

My BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions is my main form of training. Other than my degree, my managers are very supportive of me undertaking external courses and qualifications that help me in my role.

What is the company culture like?

I would describe the culture as supportive and flexible. The majority of my colleagues are always happy to help and teach me things. I am fortunate enough to have incredibly supportive managers who encourage me to always be the best I can be.

Tadiwanashe Chatukuta

Assistant Software Developer
Manchester, UK

I've always been interested in computers and technology. And I wanted to work for a company where my input would have a real life impact on other people's lives. Fujitsu brought those two things together.

What do you love about working at Fujitsu?

It is a very supportive environment. In the short time I've been here, I already know I can rely on everyone in the office. No matter how small or big my question is, people are always willing to taking their time and help.

What is a typical day like for you?

It varies depending on my projects. One day I could be reviewing code, reading up on documentation or writing code. The next day I could be participating in meetings or spending time learning from my mentor. So it's rarely the same from one day to the next.

What made you apply to Fujitsu?

I've always been interested in computers and technology. And I wanted to work for a company where my input would have a real life impact on other people's lives. Fujitsu brought those two things together.

What training do you receive on the programme?

Each joiner is given a learning path that ensures you gain all the necessary knowledge required to contribute towards projects. On top of that there are various other external courses you can apply for – it doesn't have to be work related, it could be a hobby.

What is the company culture like?

There's always the chance to be involved in something – team meals, drinks and fundraising events. I recently joined the gym and everyone has been very supportive, encouraging me to never give up and cheering me on when I reach certain milestones.

Matt Dawson

Digital & Technology Solutions
Degree Apprentice

I was looking for a large corporation that was full of opportunities but also full of challenges.

What do you love about working at Fujitsu?

I love the flexibility of my job. As an apprentice in a large company, I thought I'd be chained to a desk for a set amount of hours, but I’m not. I can choose my study days, which allows me to be more productive for both Fujitsu and my academic studies.

What is a typical day like for you?

Usually, I get in, catch up on emails, eat breakfast and then get ready for the day. With the work I’m currently doing, I don’t have many meetings, so a large part of my work is in my office, but it can also be done at home, again, giving me flexibility.

What made you apply to Fujitsu?

I was looking for a large corporation that was full of opportunities but also full of challenges. And I wanted to avoid moving far afield to build my career, so Fujitsu was the ideal choice.

What training do you receive on the programme?

I get role-specific training, such as Agile Development, as well as general apprentice training like Creative Presenting. Most of my training is already proving useful in academic studies and work life.

What is the company culture like?

For me, the culture is welcoming, open and understanding. Fujitsu drives for good change in society, and you can see this through the diverse mix of people working here.

Niamh Day

Business and Administration
Advanced Apprentice

Following some research about Fujitsu, I realised it's a company with good core values and is incredibly advanced in terms of technology.

What do you love about working at Fujitsu?

I love working for Fujitsu because it’s a company that genuinely cares about their employees. They're supportive and enthusiastic about helping me develop further and start a great career.

What is a typical day like for you?

I get to the office at 8am every morning and finish by 4:30pm. My role means that I do lots of data input/administrative tasks – however there's many other opportunities available. I get to network with apprentices throughout the day on my breaks, and there is a real sense of community.

What made you apply to Fujitsu?

I discovered my apprenticeship role on NotGoingToUni.com . I wasn’t looking for a particular role, I was interested in something related to business administration to get me started in a career. Following some research about Fujitsu, I realised it's a company with good core values and is incredibly advanced in terms of technology.

What training do you receive on the programme?

When I first started with Fujitsu, my training was focused on understanding what I would have to do in the office on a day-to-day basis. Once I was comfortable with this, I began my apprenticeship training which includes lots of self-study and online research towards my qualification.

What is the company culture like?

I’ve found people to be very approachable and willing to help. Senior managers used to seem scary when I first started, but I quickly became more comfortable approaching people if it would help me with a bit of research for my role.

Sarah Gillespie

Software Development
Higher Apprentice

Fujitsu really encourages new employees to develop their skills and knowledge.

What do you love about working at Fujitsu?

Fujitsu really encourages new employees to develop their skills and knowledge. For example, when I completed my Level 3 ICT apprenticeship I had the opportunity to take a foundation degree in Software Development. I’m really enjoying it and I know it's already benefiting our customers too.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work in a shared services team which supports a lot of different applications. So a typical day is responding to issues with applications, investigating and fixing them. A fix might be a quick email or it might be checking a whole database or code to find errors.

What made you apply to Fujitsu?

I always had an interest in IT but hadn’t pursued this in school - I trained as a pharmacist instead. After a few years in practice I realised the IT sector was where I really wanted to work. I saw an apprenticeship with Fujitsu as a great opportunity to make this happen.

What training do you receive on the programme?

About 20% of my time is dedicated to my studies, so I attend a course one day per week with a local college. There's also lots of online courses, and I have access to mentorship and training from other members of my team.

What is the company culture like?

It's inclusive and collaborative here. And there's plenty of opportunities for people to improve.

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