STT Global Data Centres India has unveiled an experience centre at its STT Bengaluru DC 3 facility in collaboration with Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF). The experience centre is located in STT GDC India’s Centre of Excellence. This initiative aims to address the existing skill gap in the industry and provide students with practical training on data centre-related projects in a live simulation data centre environment. This unique corporate citizenship initiative by STT GDC India aims to help students build essential skills for a career in the data centre industry and support their overall development through life skills coaching as well.

Ratna Prabha, IAS (Retired.) former chief secretary, chairperson of Karnataka Skill Development Authority, Government of Karnataka, shared her views and vision for the project, “A great push for the data centre industry has poised it to become the fastest growing segment in India, given the rapid rise in data generation and the country’s evolving digital ecosystem. The Experience Centre will ensure that the segment keeps growing and shall address the lack of skilled workforce in this space across India. The vision we hold for the state and eventually for the entire country is to better enable our youth by helping them harness relevant skillsets and raise their employability prospects.”

On the unveiling, Sumit Mukhija, CEO, STT GDC India said, “As a leader in the data centre colocation market, we have always believed in pioneering initiatives that add value to the ecosystem. Skilled manpower has been a persistent challenge faced by the industry that needs to be addressed.  Our Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru is a vital step in that direction. The purpose of this Experience Centre at our Centre of Excellence is to provide a platform for interested candidates to up-skill in alignment with industry requirements complete with practical learning opportunities, thereby enabling them to increase their employability quotient.”

Skill shortage, especially in technology powered industries, is evident in every sector of the economy. To reduce the demand supply gap of entry level skilled workforce in Data Centre Industry, Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and STT GDC India have come together to provide vocational training in this field. This is in alignment with Schneider Electric’s commitment to SDG 8 of decent work and economic workforce and skill India mission of GOI.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Chaudhry, CEO- Schneider Electric India Pvt Ltd. & Zone President, Greater India said, “As we move towards a more electric and digital future, it has become critical to ensure that our youth are equipped with the necessary skills, opportunities, and training required, to support this digitised economy. With the launch of the Experience Centre at the STT GDC India Centre of Excellence (CoE), we aim to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of skilled workers in the Data Centre industry as well as contribute towards the socio-economic recovery which our country aspires for. Through this collaboration with STT GDC India, we seek to reach out to every segment of the society with the necessary training and education programmes required for tech empowerment and sustainable livelihood.”

STT GDC India has formally partnered with Don Bosco Tech Society (DB Tech) and Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF), two leading institutes in Bengaluru, and over 50 students have been shortlisted from each institute for the training program combining classroom with experiential learning at the experience centre.