Consulting firm’s scheme will create 150 jobs for Manchester graduates

Chris Dean

A £20m investment from global consulting firm, Credera, will help create 150 jobs for Manchester university graduates seeking a career in management and technology consulting.

The firm, with a strong US and UK presence, will welcome graduate engineers on an intensive three-month training programme, covering a wide range of technical subjects including software development, user interface development, cloud infrastructure, and data analytics.

The grad scheme follows the opening of Credera’s Manchester office in summer 2020 as part of a strategic investment into the North of England.

The Department for International Trade’s Northern Powerhouse team assisted Credera in its Manchester investment through introductions to important stakeholders from universities to major industry groups.

Minister for Investment, Lord Grimstone, said: “The UK is a fantastic destination for foreign investment, which creates high value jobs, delivers clean growth and innovation, and builds our economy.

“I’m pleased to see Credera inject £20m into the heart of Manchester to recruit the very best of British graduates at the start of their careers.”

The company will also be investing in the local community, including launching the Credera Academy, which aims to provide a pathway for disadvantaged young people into the consulting industry.

Chris Dean, Credera UK CEO, said: “With a proven track record for innovation, development, and with a reputation for being a great place to work, Manchester was a clear choice for Credera when we opened our doors there back in 2020.

“The city has a wealth of creative talent in the technology industry fuelled by five major universities, making it a strong base to launch our new graduate programme.”

Manchester City Council leader, Cllr Bev Craig, who leads on education, skills and work for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “The creation of this new graduate programme is a statement of confidence in our city which will open up significant new opportunities for our young people.

“I particularly welcome the fact that they will be looking to create pathways for some of those facing more disadvantage – bringing social as well as economic benefits. Manchester has a fast-growing tech sector, a thriving talent pool and is establishing itself as a real magnet for both start-ups and more established companies.”

Tim Newns, chief executive of Manchester inward investment agency MIDAS, said: “Credera’s investment is significant in helping us realise our ambition to create high quality job opportunities in Greater Manchester. The scheme will provide great opportunities to ensure our people reach their full potential in a digitally-driven sector, in line with our Local Industrial Strategy.”