SKILLS & EDUCATION

DDI Working Group: Skills & Education

Chair: Arnth Nielsen

BACKGROUND:

Globally, the data center industry is experiencing a skill shortage. With many seasoned data center employees reaching retirement age in a rapidly growing industry, data center operators face staffing problems. Today, operators are struggling to recruit and retain sufficient qualified staff to provide and grow reliable operations.

OBJECTIVE:
To attract, train, develop and upskill a diverse data center workforce for the Danish data center industry.

GOALS:
In order to achieve this overall objective, DDI sets four goals:

Goal 1: Promote and educate the data center industry to prospective and current students
Goal 2: Create on-going partnerships between educational sector and the industry
Goal 3: Support students with work placements
Goal 4: Tap into the needs of the industry with regards to skills and competencies

STRATEGIES & MEASUREMENT:
Each of these goals requires separate strategies in order to achieve them. To achieve each goal, some of the strategies that DDI could undertake include:

Strategies for Goal 1: Collect facts and figures, case studies, highlight current students/workers in various formats 3 times a year. Invite students and the industry to networking events.
Measurement: Promote facts and figures and highlighted case studies. Host annual career and internship day.

Strategies for Goal 2: Identify and connect relevant companies to educational institutions with relevant programme/degrees with the aim to establish ongoing partnerships
Measurement: Matchmake companies with educational institutions and set up rolling “contracts”

Strategies for Goal 3: Include students in relevant networking meetings, and connect them to relevant organisations/persons with the aim to
Measurement: Successful work placements for students in ongoing data center programmes

Strategies for Goal 4:
Arrange yearly surveys with operators and vendors with the aim to collect feedback on ongoing skills and competencies requirements. Include these in various content e.g., annual report etc.
Measurement: Survey question analysis

= Debriefing by chair 2- 3 times a year

Upcoming WG Meetings:

WG focus area briefing – 30 August from 14.30-16.00 (Online)
WG focus area and project introduction – 14 September from 14.00-16.30 (In Person)