Credera launches new graduate programme in the city of Manchester
Manchester will benefit from a £20 million investment thanks to Credera, a global consulting firm with a strong US and UK presence, who will be creating 150 jobs in Manchester for university graduates looking to kickstart their career in management and technology consulting.
Graduate engineers will join Credera and undergo an intensive three-month training programme, covering a wide range of technical subjects including software development, user interface development, cloud infrastructure, and data analytics.
The grad scheme follows the opening of Credera’s Manchester office in Summer 2020 as part of a strategic investment into the North of England.
The Department for International Trade assisted Credera in its Manchester investment through the department’s Northern Powerhouse team, through introductions to important stakeholders from universities to major industry groups.
Minister for Investment, Lord Grimstone, said:
“The UK is a fantastic destination for foreign investment, which creates high-value jobs, delivers clean growth and innovation, and builds our economy.
“As investment is crucial to levelling up the UK, I’m pleased to see Credera inject £20 million into the heart of Manchester to recruit the very best of British graduates at the start of their careers.
“Increased levels of investment outside London demonstrates our levelling up ambitions are having a genuine impact and I am confident that our trade deals will continue to make all four corners of the UK a stand-out place to invest for years to come.”
The company will also be investing in the local community, including launching the Credera Academy, which aims to provide a pathway for disadvantaged young people into the consulting industry.
Chris Dean, CEO of Credera UK said:
“With a proven track record for innovation, development, and with a reputation for being a great place to work, Manchester was a clear choice for Credera when we opened our doors there back in 2020. The city has a wealth of creative talent in the technology industry fuelled by five major universities, making it a strong base to launch our new graduate programme.”
Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig, who leads on education, skills, and work for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said:
"The creation of this new graduate programme is a statement of confidence in our city which will open up significant new opportunities for our young people. I particularly welcome the fact that they will be looking to create pathways for some of those facing more disadvantage - bringing social as well as economic benefits.
"Manchester has a fast-growing tech sector, a thriving talent pool and is establishing itself as a real magnet for both start-ups and more established companies”
Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency, said:
“Credera’s investment is significant in helping us realise our ambition to create high quality job opportunities in Greater Manchester. The scheme will provide great opportunities to ensure our people reach their full potential in a digitally driven sector, in line with our Local Industrial Strategy.”
The Department for International Trade is committed to securing inward investment into the UK. This is seen with figures from 2020-2021 which show that, during that time, Foreign Direct Investment projects created over 4,000 new jobs in the North West. This is testament to their ambitions to level up the UK and create more highly skilled jobs across the country.
Investment also plays an important role in the department’s trade deals as they influence the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for international investment.
The Department for International Trade said:
“The more deals we strike, the more barriers we demolish to trading with partner nations around the world, the more sense it makes for firms in other countries to establish a presence here to capitalise on them. With that investment will come jobs and increased economic activity in every corner of the UK, helping us tackle the cost of living.”