Capgemini praises students from the Business School for the fifth year in a row…


June saw the fifth year of the University of Birmingham Capgemini Community Challenge, designed and led through a unique partnership between Birmingham Business School and Careers Network. The Challenge is unique to Birmingham, whereby 25 Business School and Computer Science students spend a week working at Capgemini’s offices in teams of five to deliver a tangible and sustainable solution to a real third sector client.

In running the Challenge, Capgemini have come to invest more in the University of Birmingham than in any other University in the UK. And it is paying off. This year’s Challenge was project managed by three former Business School students, who now work permanently for the company, having previously undertaken the Challenge themselves. They are just three of a large number who have gone on to work for Capgemini, or undertake placements, as a result of the Challenge in the last five years.

This year the teams delivered game-changing solutions to PANDAS (perinatal mental health), STAY Telford (homeless support), Dawley Town Hall (heritage and community), Telford Green Spaces Partnership (conservation) and Smile (community outreach at Christmas).

Student praise for the week has been extraordinary. Matt Dennis tweeted, “Easily one of the best and most memorable weeks of my life!”; “Best week ever!” tweeted Andrea Gheorghe, and Mason Cusack stated that it was an “unmissable experience and an unbeatable head start from which I’ll always benefit, and for which I’ll always be thankful.”  

The Charities were equally vocal with TGSP tweeting, “thanks to our team who put together amazing proposals for the future”; and Christmas smile tweeting, “so impressed and grateful for all our team’s hard work.”

Capgemini Corporate Vice President and Challenge sponsor Billie Major had the last say, tweeting, “University of Birmingham, you really have some talented students. Capgemini have worked with 25 of them this week. Thank you!”

Witness the story unfold here, drawn from the messages and photos tweeted by the students, charities, University and Capgemini throughout the week.