Treforest, South Wales - The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, joined Capgemini this morning to officially open its new state-of-the-art, application delivery centre in Treforest, South Wales. The new facility will see 100 highly skilled jobs created over the next three years, including 40 apprenticeships.
We have been present in Wales since 1998. The delivery centre marks a key milestone in our growth in the region, and represents a further £17.1 million investment in South Wales. The Treforest location will provide access to a skilled and experienced workforce from across the region, as well as local universities and schools to recruit and nurture young talent, a key commitment for the business.
Pictured: First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones opens Capgemini's new office in Treforest, South Wales
The Welsh Government has played a pivotal role in the development of the site, providing an additional £1.4 million from the Welsh Government Business Finance Funding initiative. Speaking at today’s event, the First Minister commented: “I am delighted to be here today at what is a milestone event for Capgemini. Their investment is a great boost for the local economy with the creation of new jobs and an apprenticeship programme that will open up an extensive and exciting raft of opportunities to help nurture young talent.
“It’s always good news when global brands like Capgemini make substantial investments in Wales – it is a strong endorsement of what Wales can offer businesses looking to expand. It also helps raise the profile of the sector and provides excellent job and training opportunities. I welcome Capgemini’s commitment to growing its business in Wales and I wish them every success.”
Pictured: John Duncanson, Capgemini, and Carwyn Jones unveil the plaque to formally open the Capgemini Treforest centre
Pictured: Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, meeting Capgemini apprentices
John Duncanson, UK Head of Local and Devolved Government at Capgemini, commented: “We have long been committed to Wales, and we are delighted the First Minister was here to join us to mark an important step in our almost 20 year history in South Wales. This is one of Capgemini’s most advanced delivery centres and its success depends on the availability of a highly-skilled workforce. Thanks to the ongoing investment from the Welsh Government, we believe that South Wales is fast becoming one of the UK’s best regions to source high-level IT and technical expertise.
“New facilities like this also provide us with a unique opportunity to attract and work with new talent. Over the next three years, Treforest will be host to 40 apprentices, who will be trained through our Higher Apprenticeship scheme, and will form the next generation of IT professionals.”
The opening of the facility coincided with the release of Capgemini’s research into the level of digital skills among young people and the potential impact on UK business. The study found that while 57% of employers in Wales (compared to 47% across the UK) believe young people are digitally savvy, they don’t know how to apply them in the workplace. This is in light of 90% of them admitting that digital skills were important to their business, with staying safe online (98%) and the ability to create digital content (96%) identified as the most important skills.
Andy McDonough, Capgemini’s Welsh Government Senior Account Executive, commented: “Our research highlights a growing disparity between what skills young people have and those that are required in a growing digital economy. However, with 90% of Wales based businesses identifying digital skills as important to their business, digital literacy is not reserved purely for the IT sector. There is a very real need and an opportunity for the private sector to support the education system in nurturing young people to ensure Wales continues to be the UK’s leading source of talent.”
The study was developed as part of a new Digital Partnership with The Prince’s Trust which will see Capgemini deliver a series of programmes teaching 600 disadvantaged young people in the UK the skills necessary to develop a career in today’s digital economy. The first course in Wales will take place in September 2016 in Cardiff.
Kirstie Thomas, a Capgemini apprentice based in Wales, revealed that the missing digital skills aren’t limited to specialist needs: “When I first started as an apprentice, I quickly found that it was the everyday digital tasks that made me the most nervous. Just formal communication with clients and colleagues using work email system or instant messaging, or managing sensitive documents securely in shared folders were the biggest challenges. It was really the simplest skills required in any job that aren’t taught before entering the world of work that seemed to trip me up the most.”
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