IT services and BPO firm Xchanging said on Saturday it will hire 3,000 employees for its Shimoga centre by the end of 2013. The company, which caters to companies in insurance, healthcare and banking sectors, has also tied up with education institutions here to tap the local human resource. Xchanging said it would introduce certificate programme in BPO operations and software development in collaboration with Kuvempu University from this academic year.

Xchanging, which started its operations in the city with 20 employees in 2007, has 600 employees now.

Keeping with the pace of expansion, the company said it is shifting to a bigger campus in the Shimoga IT Special Economic Zone. The new delivery and procession centre of Xchanging, spread across 6.5 acres, will be inaugurated on July 11.

The new building can accommodate 1,200 employees, said Subrahmanya Basavanahalli, head of Xchanging’s Shimoga centre. He said Xchanging has 50 processing and delivery centres in 10 countries now.Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Chairperson of State Legislative Council D.H. Shankaramurthy,

British Deputy High Commissioner to India Ian Felton, Vice Chancellor of Kuvempu University S.A. Bari, CEO of Xchanging Ken Lever will participate in the inaugural programme. A panel discussion on the development of employment opportunities in tier III cities and an interaction between industry and academic institutions will be held before the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Basavanahalli said.