• Save the Date for Next Year DataCentres North 2019 will be held on the 30 April & 1 May #DCNorth_Expo
  • The Data Centres North exhibition has depth and quality of delegates - Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Director, Clarke Energy
10:00 - 11:45

Improve Your Data Centre Using Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

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  • An interactive workshop hosted by OI to demonstrate the benefits of using the RCA process to unlock the potential for risk and energy reduction.
  • OI has successfully used this technique to minimise risk and energy within existing data centres.


11:45 - 13:30

Exhibition Viewing

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13:25 - 16:00

Workforce Development and Sector Capability Forum

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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 grass roots 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

13:30 - 14:30

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

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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


14:30 - 15:15

Workshop – Each Table to Discuss Relevant Industry Questions.

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  • Thoughts to be presented back to the other tables and discussed
  • Notes taken for final hand out
  1. What are the perceived barriers of entry at gaining skills at all levels - Example subjects: Establishing pipeline, internal career pathing, JIT delivery and capability building
  2. How does your organisation retain staff - Example subjects: Stemming turnover, building your own to diminish wage inflation
  3. How to recognise career paths inside organisations - Example subjects: Competency frameworks, own development plans
  4. What are the barriers to non-traditional learning - Example subjects: Budgets, understanding how effective they will be (risk)
  5. The best ways to promote the sector as an employer of choice - Example subjects: spread awareness, work with schools


  • View full profile for Steve HoneSteve Hone Founding Partner - Data Centres Alliance
15:15 - 15:50

What Needs to Happen Now – Interactive Session

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  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?


15:50 - 16:00

Summary & Close

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17:00 - 18:45

Networking Reception

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Relax, have a chat, enjoy a drink and network with colleagues, supporters, sponsors and exhibitor

The DataCentres North Networking Reception is FREE for all visitors and exhibitors to attend and will take place on the exhibition floor from 5-7pm. – secure your FREE place by registering here.

(Open To All) Supported by DATACENTRE.ME

19:00 - 22:00

DataCentres North Dinner

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DataCentres North will once again hold a social networking dinner on the first evening of the event. All tickets include a drink on arrival, 3 course meal and half a bottle of wine. Click here to view the menu

Tickets are priced at £55 + VAT per person.

Table of 10 priced at £495 + VAT (which includes a 10% discount)

If you are interested in attending please click here for the booking form. If you wish to get involved with sponsorship of the dinner please contact:

Tel: +44(0)18 9251 8877

Supported by DATACENTRE.ME