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King’s College London to boost Cornish IT sector

Published: Saturday, 01 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

One of the world’s leading universities has opened an IT centre in Cornwall, providing a welcome jobs boost for the region.

King’s College London has developed a new Service Centre near Newquay in a custom-built development at Quintdown Business Park.

It has already provided highly skilled IT roles for 25 people in Cornwall, while a further 50 roles are set to be created by the start of 2016.

As well as providing top roles for graduates in the region, the centre also should boost the county’s economy by more than £1 million during the next 12 months.

Professor Ed Byrne AC, President and Principal of King's College London, explained that the centre brings vital opportunities to the area while the university is also keen to tap in to regional talent that can be found across the UK.

He added that investment into training and staff development, as well as the creation of apprenticeships, should make this achievable.

The centre can accommodate up to 100 employees and is already providing an IT training centre of excellence.

King’s College London looked at a variety of options when looking to locate the centre, eventually opting for Cornwall after a successful pitch from Cornwall Development Company’s (CDC) service InvestinCornwall.

Funding totalling £180,000 was also given by The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership from its Business Catalyst Fund.

This was financed by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and is managed effectively by the CDC on behalf of Cornwall Council and the LEP.

Cornwall was viewed as the best location for the new university site due to the high levels of skilled workers in the region, the affordability of office space and the transport links that exist between Newquay Cornwall Airport and London.

The King’s Service Centre now provides all of the IT support that is needed by Kings College London, meaning it serves around 26,000 students and a further 7,000 staff.

Grad Plus has a number of graduate jobs in IT as well as in other sectors for those looking at their options after university

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