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Workforce Development and Sector Capability Forum

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Date: 13.30 – 16.00, 1st May 2018

Venue: The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, LCCC, Manchester

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Contribute to the exploration of how we, as the data centre sector, and you as individual organisations, can take steps to help keep the people pipeline cogs turning with a more strategic, focussed and time critical response agenda.  Whilst individual initiatives can assist, the demand for increased capability requirements with more strategic and broad ranging actions.  To inject a sense of urgency matched to the enormity of the problem, a multi-faceted, multi partisan approach must be coordinated and viewed as a strategic imperative by the sector generally and organisations at a grassroots level.

Have your say and identify where our best efforts should be placed for a more ‘joined up’ and immediate call to action to policy makers, educators and sector representatives.

Aims of the Forum:

To develop a strategic level understanding of current challenges to the data centre skills base and identify workforce capability needs for the foreseeable future.  Industry based actions regarding engagement with educators, industry associations and data centre organisations will be explored and identified for implementation by sector players.


To engage with the industry to discuss and advance current and new strategic responses to a worsening capability and skills mismatch, considering current and future challenges.

Workforce Development and Sector Capability Forum

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Detailed Agenda –

13:30 – 14:30

Setting the Scene – Industry and Business Needs? – What are the Problems?

Date: 1 May 2018, Track: Workshop, Location: Atrium

The Challenges of the Skills, Labour and Talent Landscape

CNet’s Dr Terri Simpkin presents a multi-faceted view of the skills and labour landscape to create a helicopter view of the prevailing social and industrial challenges that are keeping talent scarce.

  1. Overview of how people make choices about their occupations and why this makes simple responses inappropriate,
  2. Labour shortages, skills shortages and skills wastage and why we need to address all three as distinct industry issues.
  3. Aging populations, generational change and dynamic capability demand
  4. Sector image problem with no employee proposition or employer brand
  5. Poorly consolidated Human Resources inside DC sector – disconnect (general L&D)
  6. Recruitment, Retention, Succession Planning – the challenges for the DC sector
  7. Lack of data to deliver informed responses


Dr Terri Simpkin
Dr Terri Simpkin

Higher and Further Education Principal, CNet Training

14:30 – 15:15

Workshop – Each Table to Discuss Relevant Industry Questions.


Steve Hone
Steve Hone

CEO, Data Centre Alliance

15:15 – 15:50

What Needs to Happen Now – interactive session

  1. What do we need as a sector
  2. Government requirements
  3. Barrier of apprenticeships
  4. Buy-in from More Companies
  5. The deeper outline of approach and KPIs
  6. Action plan to develop deeper more formulated plan?


Emma Fryer
Emma Fryer

Associate Director, techUK

15:50 – 16:00

Summary & Close

Date: 1 May 2018, Track: Workshop, Location: Atrium


Dr Terri Simpkin
Dr Terri Simpkin

Higher and Further Education Principal, CNet Training

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