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CGI partners HALO to develop digital skills

Marie Macklin and Smart

Collaboration: Marie Macklin and Steve Smart


CGI, a global IT services provider, and the HALO Scotland are to work jointly on bringing digital skills to the workforce as part of the Kilmarnock urban regeneration initiative. 

One of CGI’s key areas of expertise is in the space industry and Steve Smart, Vice President of CGI in Scotland, will lead this element of the partnership.

Mr Smart has played a key role in CGI’s UK Space, Defence and National & Cyber Security business where he worked  directly with the European Space Agency (ESA). He also led the formation of CGI’s cyber security business, supporting clients in both the public and private sectors.

Marie Macklin founder and executive chairman of the HALO Urban Regeneration Company, said HALO, located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, will work with CGI to support the Glasgow Prestwick Airport spaceport project.

“CGI will also support the HALO’s continued vision of providing our young people with the cyber, digital and also space skills that will be needed to make an impact in tomorrow’s world,” she said.

Mr Smart said: “Regeneration of this nature, with the opportunities it brings for development and training in our industry, is hugely exciting and adds further to our commitment to Scotland.”


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