Accenture has established an innovation center in Seattle as part of expanding its US apprenticeship program, designed to train what it calls ‘under-represented groups’ in digital skills.
The facility will not just serve as a training center, it will be a place for businesses to develop their own technology prototypes with the help of IT experts from Accenture.
“It is an immersive environment in which clients co-innovate with their Accenture teams to design solutions, Accenture said in a statement.
The facility is armed with two studios that will facilitate a design-thinking approach to problem solving, besides helping clients turn concepts into prototypes through software development.
The global IT consultancy firm says it will hire 300 professionals for the center by the end of 2020.
According to its statement, around 150 apprentices are likely to begin work at the center by the end of this year. The IT company runs similar apprenticeship programs in other US cities, including Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, and San Antonio.
There will also be a few employees from Avanade, a subsidiary of Accenture, who will train business owners in the art of engaging customers, empowering employees, and optimizing operations.
“Our Seattle innovation hub is a gamechanger for our people and our clients,” said Gil Wootton, Seattle Office Lead, Accenture. “The work that we do with our clients is advancing their innovation agenda and sustaining their leadership in their industries.”