IT services provider Cognizant has launched a technology and service delivery center in Irving, Texas, with an investment of US$8 million.
The 50,000 square-foot facility will create 1,100 new jobs by 2023, providing digital transformation services to local industries, particularly insurance, healthcare, and retail.
Cognizant, whose current headcount in Texas stands at 4,100, has reportedly received US$2.1 million in enterprise funds from the state government.
Besides servicing clients, the new facility will also serve as a skills development center for local residents, with the company agreeing to dedicate around 10,000 square feet of floor space to training activities.
Participants will receive instruction in data engineering and software support, says Cognizant, adding that it will train more than 1,000 people over the next 36 months.
“We depend on maintaining a highly skilled, deeply knowledgeable workforce,” said Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer, at the IT company. “This new center was designed for both client service, and for skills training, and will help grow overall employment opportunities for Texas residents, and meet our continued need for skilled talent.”
Cognizant has allied with the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, and the Dallas County Community College District on developing the training initiative, with reports suggesting that the company runs similar skills development programs in New York, Iowa, and Florida.
With almost every business sector disrupted by advancements in information technology, Cognizant says it will focus on preparing local residents for ‘in-demand digital economy’ jobs.