To date, Schneider Electric University has delivered more than one million courses to over 650,000 data center users from 180+ countries worldwide. The Data Center Certified Associate (DCCA) qualification program brings a number of new updates that include the basics of power, cooling, racking and physical security, as well as guidance on how to optimize data center design to be more resilient, energy efficient and sustainable. Numerous other courses are now available on the platform, covering a variety of topics, from optimizing cooling schedules and basic data center calibration strategies, to examining fire protection methods.
The platform’s curriculum also addresses key industry topics such as data center site selection and planning, offering guidance on how to select brownfield and greenfield sites for renewable energy access; alternative technologies for electricity production, which help to implement renewable energy strategies, on-site energy production and the use of technologies such as micro-grids; and data center battery technology, which assesses the sustainability impact of different types of UPS batteries, the benefits of lithium-ion technology, and offers a life cycle cost analysis.
According to the results of the annual Uptime Institute Annual Data Center 2021 survey, it is estimated that the demand for new personnel will increase globally to almost 2.3 million in 2025. Furthermore, 32% of respondents reported difficulty retaining employees, with 47% having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open positions. Attracting and retaining talent within the industry, which is the heart of the digital economy, is now reaching critical mass.
Encouraging individuals to upskill and continue their professional development for free, Schneider Electric University directly addresses the data center industry’s skills gap and talent shortage, helping companies attract and retain new and existing talent by supporting them through specialized technical education, wherever they are. findings.
“Over the past few years, employment needs in the data center sector have grown exponentially, reaching record levels. However, the lack of sectoral skills remains a significant challenge and has potential implications for other related industries,” said Jelena Pejković, Schneider Electric’s Secure Power Sales Director for Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
“By providing guidance on the latest technologies and sustainability initiatives, we believe that Schneider Electric University offers an invaluable resource that will help bridge the skills gap by strengthening business ecosystems, reskilling the workforce and training the next generation of professionals to build the data centers of the future,” concludes Jelena Pejković.