Capgemini opens new centre in Rhondda

Capgemini, one of the world’s largest providers of technology and outsourcing services, has opened a new centre in Treforest, Rhondda.

The state of the art premises will create 100 new roles at the firm and will see it host 40 apprentices over the next three years. They’ll be trained on Capgemini’s higher apprenticeship scheme.

As well as creating new job opportunities, the new office will see employees deliver projects using the agile method and will encourage collaborative and flexible working at the same time.

First Minister Carwyn Jones was at the opening of the office the other week and spoke of how Capgemini is one of the latest projects contributing to the creation of more than 4,120 new inward investment jobs.

ICT is the fastest growing priority economic sector in Wales. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of IT enterprises in Wales rose from 2,975 to 3,265 – a growth of 9.7 per cent – and their turnover increased by 13.4 per cent to £5.2 billion.

Mr Jones said: “These figures reflect the rapid growth of the sector in Wales and the important contribution it makes to our economy. A strong technology sector is critical to Wales and ICT is one of our key enabling and fastest growing sectors with further growth potential.

“Wales is now recognised as a leading UK technology centre with global blue chip companies, world class academic research, innovative SMEs and a vibrant start up scene.

“The Welsh Government is committed to supporting the growth of the sector and we have supported a number of new investment projects since 2010 including CGI (620 jobs), Alert Logic (126 jobs), General Dynamics (544) and more recently Capgemini.

“I am delighted that  Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, is expanding its operations and making a significant investment in Wales.”

Commenting on the opening of the centre, David Lowson, head of SAP at Capgemini UK, said: “The opening of Capgemini’s new delivery centre in Treforest is an important step in our almost 20-year history in South Wales.

“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.

“The 100 new roles Capgemini is creating will play an important role in our ability to meet the evolving needs of our customers. This state of the art office will help us deliver projects using the agile method, and will also encourage collaborative and flexible working.

“We’re also excited about this 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.”