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CyrusOne Partners with UTC Heathrow and techUK to Create the First UK Data Center UTC

November 15, 2021

CyrusOne tackles long-term shortages for UK STEM skills pipeline in the data center sector

LONDON — NOVEMBER 15, 2021 — CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ:CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced a partnership with University Technical College Heathrow (UTC Heathrow) and techUK to create the first Data Center UTC in the UK, as part of the recently launched Digital Futures Program.

In a bid to help address the data center industry’s long-term skills gap, UTC Heathrow has agreed to redesign their existing curriculum to allow students to gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in technical careers within the data centre sector and add it as a new career path option, with CyrusOne confirmed as a key partner to help to define the syllabus. The collaboration will also see CyrusOne, among other industry partners, deliver content, teach, provide work experience placements and apprenticeship training.

This partnership is a first for the industry, and will be the first time that mainstream education and the data center sector are working together to provide a clearly defined and repeatable path into the sector. Not only will this partnership increase the number of students with diverse STEM skills to meet the industry’s technical needs for domestic talent, but it also will raise awareness and position the sector as a career destination of choice.

“The data center industry is experiencing a critical skills shortage and initiatives like this are imperative to securing the future of this sector,” said Steve Hayward, Senior Director, European Operations at CyrusOne. “The time is now for organizations to get creative on ways to both maintain their current workforce and help grow their talent pool for the future. We are looking forward to see the opportunities that this partnership will provide and hope to see this initiative replicated across other UTCs around the UK.”

The annual Digital Futures Program intake is limited to 100 students at age 14, and 150 students studying the Level 3 engineering curriculum. Younger students will compete in industry-led Challenge Days, develop employability skills, and receive masterclasses to bring subjects to life, alongside studying for their GCSEs. Meanwhile older students will complete team projects within the curriculum, and benefit from building impactful relationships with industry professionals. Students will leave UTC Heathrow with a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diplomas in Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering (NQF).

Andrew Stevens, President and CEO of CNet, who helped create and develop the Digital Futures Program alongside UTC Heathrow, added: “The skills gap is not getting any easier for the digital infrastructure industry. We all need to work together and do it in a way that will make a real difference at a time when young people need inspiration, support, and the opportunity to secure a career with huge opportunities. This is a problem that the industry can only tackle head-on by working collectively; we need to showcase the amazing career opportunities within the data center sector and help young people to prepare for and access them

Emma Fryer, Associate Director at TechUK, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that data center operators, many of whom are competitors, are pulling together as a team to define and deliver a meaningful long-term benefit for the sector – a pipeline of young talent with the skills we need.”

A large part of UTC’s curriculum is based around project-based learning. Committed to transforming lives through UK government-funded education, UTCs are open to learners aged 14-19 and are dedicated to an alternative way of teaching technical and scientific subjects to create the engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.




About CyrusOne

CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a premier global REIT specialising in design, construction and operation of more than 50 high-performance data centers worldwide. The Company provides mission-critical facilities that ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including approximately 200 Fortune 1000 companies.

A leader in hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud deployments, CyrusOne offers colocation, hyperscale, and build-to-suit environments that help customers enhance the strategic connection of their essential data infrastructure and support achievement of sustainability goals. CyrusOne data centers offer world-class flexibility, enabling clients to modernize, simplify, and rapidly respond to changing demand. Combining exceptional financial strength with a broad global footprint, CyrusOne provides customers with long-term stability and strategic advantage at scale.


About UTC Heathrow

UTC Heathrow is an innovative, employer-focused, high-tech school for students aged from 14-19, specialising in engineering and IT. UTC Heathrow is different to an existing traditional school – delivering first class education in an environment that feels like the workplace, achieved by delivering the curriculum through employer-led projects which tackle real industry issues. Responding to growing demands from industry for well-educated, high calibre, professional engineers and technicians, the UTC combines hands-on and minds-on approaches to learning, integrating national curriculum requirements with technical and practical elements. UTC Heathrow is an academy of Activate Learning Education Trust, a company limited by guarantee.


About techUK

TechUK is the trade association which brings together people, companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve.