17/06/2014

Capita IT Services awarded £750,000 jobs creation grant by Scottish Enterprise

Capita IT Services today announces it has been awarded a £750,000 grant to create jobs in Scotland, on the day its new bespoke national operations centre for the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) is officially opened.

Scottish Enterprise has awarded the Regional Selective Assistance grant to Capita, in order to promote employment and safeguard jobs in Scotland. Capita must meet a set of criteria in order to receive the discretionary funding, which has the potential to support up to 80 new roles throughout Scotland.

Today Capita opened its purpose built national operations centre, which will provide the nerve-centre for SWAN, in Glasgow’s Skypark. Experts tasked with monitoring and maintaining the single public service network will be based at the centre.

They will be responsible for ensuring SWAN’s 4,600 public sector users, which include schools, GP surgeries, hospitals and local council offices, have access to a robust and reliable network that allows them to benefit from improved service, reduced costs and the ability to share data across organisations. Initially around 50 employees will be based at the site.

Capita invested £350,000 in the Skypark office space, and has installed high-specification security standards necessary for housing the SWAN network.

Capita group finance director Gordon Hurst said: “Capita already employs more than 5,000 people in Scotland, and is committed to growing business and developing its scale in the region.

“Funding from Scottish Enterprise will help support Capita’s plans to increase its workforce in Scotland, and it demonstrates our ambitions to ensure the region remains a strategic focus for the company.

“The SWAN network is an integral part of that work, and this brand new, state-of-the-art national operations centre will provide a secure and modern home for the technology which is helping to reduce the cost and complexity of public service networks in Scotland.”

The Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) is a discretionary grant scheme, and the amount offered depends on the size of the business. The funding is designed for investments that will directly result in the creation or safeguarding of jobs in Scotland.