On December 7, 2021, Accenture Federal Services (AFS) and organizations and leadership from across Missouri celebrated the grand opening of AFS’ Advanced Technology Center in St. Louis.
The center will be home to 1,400 new high-paying tech jobs by 2025 and will be a key part of the state-of-the-art, U.S.-based network of innovation and technology centers serving the specialized, mission-critical needs of federal agencies. The center will help AFS clients deliver, scale, and run complex solutions while staying at the forefront of innovation with the latest digital, cloud, automation, artificial intelligence, and cyber technologies.
“The region’s skilled talent, vibrant technology ecosystem and strong commitment to collaboration between government, civic, business, academic and community partners made St. Louis the ideal location for our new Advanced Technology Center,” said AFS CEO John Goodman in June 2020 when AFS initially selected Missouri as its expansion location. “By expanding our operations in this area, we will provide our people and new hires a great place to live and do work that matters.”
In addition to celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting, AFS announced the launch of an apprenticeship and apprenticeship-in-training (AIT) program to skill and upskill communities of talent throughout the Greater St. Louis region.
“Missouri is a national leader in apprenticeships and we are happy to see Accenture Federal Services launching its very own apprenticeship program right here in the St. Louis area,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This will provide hundreds of Missourians with the opportunity to gain a new skill and a good-paying job in our growing technology industry.”
“St. Louis is an established innovation hub that needs a strong pipeline of skilled talent to support our vibrant technology ecosystem,” said Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe. “I’m thrilled about this next phase of Accenture Federal Services’ expansion of operations in our region and investment in the Show Me State.”
AFS’ one-year, salaried apprenticeship program offers community college graduates, veterans, and other constituencies immersive on-the-job training, professional learning and development, and the opportunity of a full-time career at AFS. Through a partnership with St. Louis County and the Family and Workforce Centers of America, the 12-week AIT program offers a pathway into the apprenticeship program. Apprentices-in-training earn a wage while gaining collaborative, hands-on learning and valuable on-the-job workforce experience.
“We are thrilled that AFS is seeing success in our state already, and that they are making our talent pipeline even more robust,” said Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “These are well-paying career-making jobs that are thriving in today’s new economy. To see AFS make this kind of commitment in Missouri is a testament to the resiliency of our state and the competitiveness of the team of economic development professionals who worked in concert to make this happen. We look forward to AFS’ ongoing success in Missouri.”