Seven-year strategic partnership to deliver more than 250 local jobs along with 1,000 training opportunities, as well as significant savings for the council.
5 April 2012 Agilisys, one of the UK’s most innovative IT and business services providers, today announced it has been selected by Tower Hamlets for a ground-breaking, seven-year strategic partnership that will create 250 permanent jobs and more than 1,000 vocational training opportunities for Tower Hamlets residents.
The deal will also help the council secure over £29 million in back office ICT cost savings over the next seven years in a partnership designed to protect frontline services and local public sector jobs. In addition the council and Agilisys will create a pioneering new Apprenticeships Institute to drive economic opportunities for young people. Based in the borough, the Institute will become a centre of excellence for the training, development and work-placement of apprentices with public, private and third sector employers in Tower Hamlets and across London.
The £70m partnership will also help to implement the council’s new back office Finance and HR systems, as well as support their broader transformation programme.
Chris Naylor, Corporate Director of Resources, Tower Hamlets Council, said: “This council needs to make savings of £100 million over the four years to 2014/15 and we are working hard to deliver these savings while protecting frontline services and the jobs of our workforce. Through this innovative partnership we will not only deliver millions of pounds worth of savings, but we will create hundreds of job and training opportunities for local residents at a time when they are most needed.”
Kay Andrews, Agilisys CEO added, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to support Tower Hamlets in their drive to deliver savings and protect front office services. We have worked hard to understand the needs of Tower Hamlets and its people, and are looking forward to working with the Council and its community to make a real difference across the borough.”
Agilisys will base its partnership operations in Tower Hamlets, where the council’s ICT workforce will transfer to Agilisys for the length of the partnership, during which time their terms and conditions of employment will be fully protected. Furthermore, the partnership will adhere to the Council’s Workforce to Reflect the Community aspirations.
Agilisys was announced as the council’s preferred partner at yesterday’s cabinet meeting (04 April 2012). They were selected following a European Union governed year-long procurement process, which saw more than 40 organisations express an interest in working with the council to deliver the Authority’s vision for job creation and skills development together with the opportunity to operate the council’s ICT service.