20 Skilled IT Jobs and Apprentice Scheme Created as Global ICT Firm Brings Services Centre to Wales
NANTGARW, Wales, August 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
International solutions and managed services provider, Logicalis, has furthered its investment in Wales with the opening of its UK Managed Services Centre in Nantgarw. The Centre, formerly offshored in Malaysia, creates over 20 highly skilled ICT jobs and a new apprentice scheme to Wales and will provide 24/7 technical services to hundreds of blue-chip UK businesses.
Since first opening its Nantgarw office in 2007, Logicalis has grown its regional workforce from under 10 to 80 today. The decision to bring its managed services function to Wales sees a 25% increase in headcount and leverages the growing economy for ICT businesses and the availability of a highly skilled workforce in the region.
The investment has been supported with £438,000 business finance from the Welsh Government and Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport officially opened the Managed Services Centre on 1st August in Nantgarw.
The Minister said: "Bringing a technology services operation from Malaysia to Wales is a great testament to the opportunity and skill-sets Wales can offer global enterprises today and sends out a strong message to the industry. It is also a reflection of the success of their Welsh operation and the high calibre of staff they have been able to recruit locally.
"Logicalis is a leading UK Systems Integrator and managed service provider and operates in one of our priority economic sectors and I welcome the decision to bring this new centre to Nantgarw. Since opening in Wales Logicalis has continued to expand and invest, creating a significant number of high skilled technical jobs and I am pleased the Welsh Government was able to support this latest investment."
Edwina Hart was joined by Logicalis UK Managing Director, Mark Starkey at the launch of the Centre. According to Starkey, Nantgarw was the perfect location for the UK service centre:
"It was an obvious choice. Wales offers the depth of skills, professionalism and enthusiasm for innovation that we need to design and deliver high quality IT services to our customers right across the UK. Leveraging the current depth of ICT skills in Wales we will export services to all areas of the UK, improving the service levels we provide our customers. We look forward to further developing this through the apprentice scheme; playing our part in building a thriving and competitive digital economy in Wales."
The latest expansion follows 10 years of growth for Logicalis' business in Wales. During that time the team has also worked closely with the Welsh Government in achieving its vision of a Digital Wales through more efficient and innovative public services.
"In the last decade we've collaborated with the Welsh Government to create the Lifelong Learning Network, and help build the UK's first public service network, The PSBA Network," explained Starkey. "From this work, it's very clear to us as a business that Wales is in the vanguard of countries exploiting digital technologies in both private and public sectors, and we are excited to be a part of that. I can only see our presence growing."
SOURCE Logicalis UK