LAFAYETTE — A recruitment and networking fair for job hunters who are interested in prospects associated with three information technology companies moving to Lafayette will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Abdalla Hall, 635 Cajundome Blvd.
Combined, the companies — CGI, Enquero and Perficient — plan to fill about 1,000 positions, including software programmers, business analysts and consultants, marketers, graphic designers and communications specialists.
“Anyone who wants to learn more about these companies can attend,” said Kim Billeaudeau, director of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Office of Career Services.
The fair and a welcoming event for the companies that starts at 3:30 p.m. is sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. The events are in conjunction with Louisiana Innovation Month, which recognizes efforts of companies, schools, foundations and university centers to stimulate innovation and creativity, including UL-Lafayette’s Research Park.
CGI, a Montreal-based company, announced earlier this year that it plans to hire about 400 employees in the next four years. The company will lease office space in a new, $13.1 million state-funded technology center in the Research Park expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Until then, the company will operate in a temporary location.
In July, Enquero announced 350 new jobs for the technology center it plans to open in Lafayette. The vacant jobs will be filled by 2017. The company is based in Milpitas, California, and its technology center will provide software products and services.
In September, the St. Louis-based Perficient announced its plans for a software development center and will hire 50 employes by the end of 2015. The company plans to hire a total of 245 people within six years. The company provides information technology and management consulting services.