STT GDC India opens an Experience Centre for students

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Bangalore: STT GDC India unveiled an Experience Centre at its STT Bengaluru DC 3 facility in collaboration with Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF).

The Experience Centre is spread over an 11,000 sq. ft. area and equipped with a live simulation facility to provide practical and learning experience to students on various scenarios of data centre operations.

Retired IAS Officer and former Chief Secretary, Chairperson of Karnataka Skill Development Authority, K. Ratna Prabha inaugurated this new Experience Centre.

This initiative aims to address the existing skill gap in the industry and provide students with practical training on datacentre -related projects in a live simulation datacentre environment.

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.

“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,” said Ratna Prabha.

“As a leader in the data centre colocation market, we have always believed in pioneering initiatives that add value to the ecosystem. The industry has been faced with the persistent challenge of skilled manpower and that needs to be addressed,” said Sumit Mukhija, CEO – STT GDC India.

“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,” added Mukhija.

To reduce the demand-supply gap of entry-level skilled workforce in the data centre industry, Schneider Electric and STT GDC India have joined hands to provide vocational training. This is in alignment with Schneider Electric’s commitment to SDG of decent work and economic workforce and skill India mission of GOI.

“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,” said Anil Chaudhry, CEO – Schneider Electric India and Zone President – Greater India.

“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,” added Chaudhry.

STT GDC India has formally partnered with Don Bosco Tech Society (DB Tech) and Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF), two institutes in Bengaluru. From each institute, 50 plus students have been shortlisted for the training programme. They will get a combined classroom with experiential learning at the Experience Centre.

A team from STT GDC India along with partnering institutes have prepared a comprehensive curriculum for the students covering key areas of data centre operations including mechanical, electrical, electronic and building management systems. Also, the course will include behavioural and soft skills training for the participating students.

After successful course completion with qualifying test results, students will be awarded an accredited Data Centre Professional Certificate. This will help certified students to avail potential employment placement in the data centre and other adjacent industries in future.

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