Global business SYKES - which is creating up to 100 new homeworking jobs in the Highlands and Islands, is in the Outer Hebrides next week to tap into the local skills market.

With a strong reputation in customer care skills, the area is a key target for the business, which currently operates a homeworking staffing model in the central belt and is keen to expand this into rural areas.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has been working with SYKES, to support their investment in the region.

HIE’s Rachel Mackenzie, Area Manager of Innse Gall, said: “With improving broadband connectivity in local towns and villages, and an excellent skills base here, these jobs could appeal to many local people who want the flexibility of working from home.  Even training is provided without the need to travel.

“SYKES is holding drop-in sessions in Lewis, Harris, and Benbecula where local people can get more information and decide if this is something they’d be interested in. It’s also a good opportunity for us to promote the area as an ideal location for SYKES to expand their Scottish operations. We very much look forward to welcoming people to the events.”

The venue details are:

3rd September        

13:30 - 14:30     HIE board room, 9 James Street, Stornoway

16:30 - 18:30     HIE board room, 9 James Street, Stornoway

4th September        

09:00 - 10:00     Harris Hotel, Tarbert

14:00 - 15:00     HIE board room, Data Centre, Lionacleit, Benbecula

The sessions will include presentations from SYKES representatives and opportunities to ask questions, as well as videos about the company and details about the positions available.

SYKES comprises a family of global businesses delivering process outsourcing services. It is recruiting now and has up to 100 jobs available, the majority of which will be on permanent contracts and working between 16 and 40 hours a week.

The new SYKES team will be working for a leading technology client.

Applicants don’t need specialist knowledge, and full training will be provided by telephone and online.

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