According to 451 Research, 74 percent of organisations say that recruiting for data centre and facilities is a challenge for three reasons: current candidates lack skills and experience, salaries are too high, and that there is a lack of local candidates
As part of our British Science Week activities, Techerati is welcoming a class of Year 8 students from East London to come and experience this year’s Data Centre World event, in an attempt to inspire and educate young students about the importance of data centres to the British economy and the robust job opportunities available.
The students will have the chance to visit the show and explore the latest technologies driving all the computing power behind their smartphones, apps, Netflix and wearable devices.
The tour will see a number of our exhibitors speak through their products and their careers. The students will also get to see and play hands-on with emerging technologies such as VR headsets and holograms.
Exhibitors participating in the initiative include RED, Tyrone Fabrication, Tripp Lite and nVent.
Following the stand visits, there will be a STEM careers speed networking session at the ABB VIP Lounge, delivered by local STEM ambassadors, data centre professionals and representatives from industry associations.
Data Centre Expert and DCW Partner Ian Holford praised the announcement:
“The global spending on data centres and associated technology is now estimated to be in the trillions of dollars per annum, and while there are some very smart, tech-savvy young adults out there that spend a considerable time online, they have little or no idea of the infrastructure and networking that supports the other end of their social media apps or live streaming,” he said.
“Attracting the right talent, from as wide and diverse a pool as possible, is a must if we are to keep pace with the growth and pace of the sector. Through direct engagement with the STEM Learning network, DCW will be taking a group of schoolchildren around the exhibition. We are hoping to use this opportunity to engage a young audience through an open demonstration of the infrastructure we take for granted, and provide a background on some of the exciting things that are happening in the fastest growing technology sector on the planet,” he added.
“We at Techerati are really excited to be working with STEM Learning on this new initiative. Hosting the UK’s largest event for disruptive technologies, we understand the enormous talent and skills issues that the industry is facing, and it is critical that we use our platform to help raise awareness and take genuine strides towards finding the solutions,” said Alice MacGregor, Techerati editor-in-chief.