Indian IT services firm Wipro has launched an Innovation and Talent Hub in Reading, UK. The multi-functional hub will be a centre of excellence for Ascent, Wipro’s talent development programme launched last year.
Ascent trains UK-based computer science graduates and degree apprentices in digital technologies. To date, the Ascent programme has trained and placed 95 digital technology graduates and 40 digital technology degree apprentices in client projects at Wipro. The graduates are from multiple universities while Sheffield Hallam University is the learning provider for the apprentices who are studying for a bachelor of science degree in digital technology.
In addition, the new hub will run work experience programmes for school leavers, internship programmes for university students and training programmes for employees. It will also be the centre for Wipro’s TopGear platform, which provides an opportunity for the company’s employees to work on crowdsourcing-based technology challenges.
Abidali Neemuchwala, chief executive officer of Wipro in the UK, said: “Our Innovation and Talent Hub in Reading reinforces our commitment to developing fruitful partnerships with academic institutions, incubate talent and encourage a workplace culture that fosters innovation and fresh thinking.”
In the UK, Wipro has IT development centres and “digital pods” in Hemel Hempstead, East Kilbride, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and London.