With the Covid-19 pandemic causing widespread disruption, distress, and unease globally, we were pleased to have been able to share some much-needed good news in Scotland. Earlier this year, Capgemini made the announcement that there would be 250 jobs created in the Highlands region, boosting our already 500-strong Scottish team. This is due to provide long-term stability and provide a great boost to the local economy. With the pandemic impacting the region’s tourism and hospitality trade, this could not have come at a better time.

Strengthened regional commitment

While it feels like a lot of doors are being closed at the moment, we’re proud that these roles offer a great opportunity for people to make the leap into a career in IT, whether it be at an experienced or an entry-level position. This includes careers in areas such as remote infrastructure support, technical architects, cybersecurity, and project management. As we aim to promote from within, we encourage and support our team members to achieve their goals by providing opportunities to branch out and build skill sets. This means every member of our team benefits from the huge variety offered by being part of a global company.

Championing young people

We are keen to show young people that we offer a wide range of prospects. Having a well-developed apprenticeship programme which has been running for over eight years, we are extremely proud that we have committed to the workforce of the future through training over 300 apprentices. With the support of Inverness College, Skills Development Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise – as well as the Inverness Chamber of Commerce – we’re delighted to be working with so many important and vital institutions to help inspire the young people in the region.

Additionally, we have also worked closely with Inverness College and supported students gain work experience to achieve their Foundation Apprenticeships. As we are based in both Inverness and Nairn, we benefit from being easily accessible for employees and students across the Highlands region.

Looking to the future

With 2021 on the horizon, we’re especially excited for some new announcements for the region including the Young Person Guarantee, a Scottish Government commitment to ensuring everyone from the ages of 16 to 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training. We see this as a great opportunity to further our commitment to helping the young people of Scotland realise and capture their potential. We look forwards to the advent of the new year and hope to continue sharing good news when it is needed the most.