Agent Academy teams up with global IT giant CGI

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Agent Academy, the North West social enterprise helping to upskill youngsters in creative and tech, has joined forces with global IT giant CGI.

The partnership comes after CGI announced it is investing in new offices in Leeds, Leicester and Liverpool with plans to recruit 700 roles across the UK with majority in the North.

CGI has also confirmed that it will be recruiting new hires directly from Agent Academy following the completion of a 12-week programme designed to discover future talent.

Paul Buxton, Senior Vice President Consulting Services at CGI, said: “At CGI, encouraging the next generation of tech talent is hugely important to us and this is demonstrated by our range of apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.

“We’ve also been looking at how we can attract a talented, diverse workforce who may be struggling to secure the opportunities they deserve.

“Therefore, we are proud to be partnering with values-led social enterprises like Agent Academy to deliver on this. We are committed to offering meaningful employment opportunities and are excited to see the unique perspectives of the group and the ideas that they develop whilst with us.”

Zoe Wallace, Director at Agent Academy, said: “Many opportunities are hidden to the young people we work with; they may have not had exposure or access to the plethora of careers that exist.

“We know that there are plenty of bright, talented young people, who employers across the region would love to meet.

“Our role at Agent Academy is to develop this talent and connect them with their future employers, simultaneously supporting businesses to find a new, diverse workforce they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

“We create an environment that challenges young people to learn quickly; introducing them to industry leaders and giving them new skills, all of which lead to meaningful, long lasting, employment.

“Our partnership with CGI demonstrates that there is a need for a bespoke approach to recruiting local talent and we are so happy with the successful outcomes that we’ve already seen from this programme.”

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