CSC Establishes South Carolina's First Apprenticeship Program for Information Technology Sector

21 November 2008

CSC (NYSE: CSC) announced today that its World Sourcing Services location in Blythewood, S.C., is sponsoring the state's first federally recognized apprenticeship program in the information technology field. In conjunction with Apprenticeship Carolina(TM), a division of the South Carolina Technical College System, CSC will begin its apprenticeship program by training UNIX administrators and is planning to expand the program into other occupations in partnership with Midlands Technical College.

In response to the emerging shortage of skilled UNIX engineers, CSC's apprenticeship training program helps equip employee participants with the technical skills needed to meet industry standards and assist them in reaching their career aspirations while also allowing the company to potentially benefit from new hires becoming proficient as quickly as possible.

"We are pleased to partner with the state of South Carolina in a training program that will enable CSC to meet its need for skilled workers," said Gary Adams, managing director of CSC's South Carolina Onshore Delivery Center. "We plan to grow by approximately 300 jobs over the next 12 months in the Blythewood area. As a leader in the IT sector, we recognize the need to build talent and are firmly committed to evaluating more training programs in association with the state."

An apprenticeship is a time-tested method of employee career development that combines supervised on-the-job learning and job-related education. A program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor shows an employer's visible commitment to developing a high-quality workforce that meets nationally recognized training standards. Registered apprenticeship programs also enable employees to receive incremental wage increases as they demonstrate new competencies throughout the training program. CSC's apprentice program, based on the company's UNIX Academy Program, will train and mentor participants on the job for approximately two-and-a-half years and provide 440 hours of additional education.

"CSC's registration of their program for UNIX administrators clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of apprenticeship as a career development tool in a wide range of occupations," said Ann Marie Stieritz, Director of Apprenticeship Carolina. "As our state expands its position within the knowledge economy, Apprenticeship Carolina and all of our technical colleges look forward to working with more South Carolina companies in the information technology sector."

CSC's World Sourcing Services operations in Blythewood are part of the company's integrated network of more than 50 global delivery centers, including locations in Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, India, Lithuania, Malaysia, Spain and Vietnam. These operations provide complete coverage of all CSC clients' current requirements and have been designed to support future client business needs. The Blythewood center is the cornerstone of CSC's onshore delivery network for North American Public Sector, Aerospace & Defense and commercial clients adhering to government-regulated ITAR security requirements.

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