It’s a commonly known fact that there is a growing skill shortage within STEM industries with Gartner estimating there will be a shortage of 90,000 IT professionals by 2020 in Europe alone.
In the engineering sector, Engineering UK claimed that this shortage in the technical and engineering field will be even higher with the UK needing to find 182,000 people with engineering skills every year to 2022 to simply meet requirements.
Recognising that, as an industry, we need to do more to attract and train specialists last year Keysource launched its apprenticeship program. Whilst this has proved successful, we also knew we needed to do more.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills attributes the growing shortage to a reduced number of students studying IT and technology subjects. Within the critical environments sector, we find that this is compounded by a lack of awareness of the data centre sector as a career route – even among those who have chosen engineering subjects.
In order to combat this Keysource has launched a University outreach program to inform studying students about the sector and also offering industrial placements to students studying technology and engineering subjects.
Last week we were joined by our first placement student from the University of Bath, Garth Jackson. We sat down with him to understand what he was hoping to gain from the program.
I am studying towards a Masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. I’ve just completed my second year and wanted to gain practical application experience.
I have always enjoyed and excelled in Maths and Physics, however I’ve preferred the more practical applications and projects, which in turn lead me to pursue engineering. I enjoy problem solving the most, finding simple solutions to complex problems.
I was attracted to Keysource as they specialise in a relatively niche field of engineering, and one that I was unaware of on my University course. Their placement program has been built to ensure you can gain experience working throughout the entire company. This was an opportunity I had not seen advertised anywhere else and will provide a unique experience.
Throughout the placement I will mainly be working as a part of their Consultancy team, however I will get the opportunity to work in other departments such as small systems and facilities management. I am most looking forward to getting involved in a project, seeing how the whole company functions and how different departments communicate and coordinate together. My main aim is to contribute as much as I can and be seen as a valued member of the team.
After placement I aim to graduate from the Master’s program with a degree classification of at least 2:1. Finding a job in a field that I feel I can make a difference in and become a well-respected engineer.
In order to raise the profile of the data centre and critical engineering sector to students, our consultants will be taking part in lectures and career fairs across the UK. If you are a University or studying student and would like to know more about our University outreach program please email [email protected].
Our IT transformation project with Willis Towers Watson has been shortlisted for another award!
As well as being shortlisted for Data Centre Consolidation/Upgrade/Refresh Project of the Year at the 2018 Data Centre Solutions Awards it has also been announced as finalist in the inaugural Electrical Review Excellence Awards.
Shortlisted for Data Centre Design & Build Project of the Year, our project with Willis Towers Watson to deliver two upgraded UK hubs was part of a global transformation programme following the merger of Willis Group and Towers Watson in 2016.
Paul West, Global Data Centre Director said:
“The delivery of the new data centre expansion was a crucial part of our IT strategy and has taken us to another level of resiliency. From designing to our requirements and delivering the project without downtime, the team at Keysource were instrumental in the project’s success.”
A full shortlist can be seen here, with winners being announced at an awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London on the 24th May.
We are proud to announce Keysource has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories in the 2018 Data Centre Solutions (DCS) Awards.
Our project with the University of Exeter has been shortlisted for New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year. Delivered within tight timescales and with very challenging logistics the Keysource team designed and delivered a cutting edge HPC environment that is a UK first in the education sector.
Keysource is also really proud to have been shortlisted for the Data Centre Consolidation/Upgrade/Refresh Project of the Year for their project with Willis Towers Watson. Keysource has been working with Willis Towers Watson on their global IT transformation strategy since 2016, which has included the consolidation of their European data centre estate to two upgraded UK hubs.
The awards assessment panel thoroughly reviewed all entries for the awards before selecting the finalists, who now face a public vote. Voting opened on 9th April and will close on 11th May and votes can be cast at www.dcsawards.com/voting.php.
The awards are backed by Datacentre Solutions magazine, the official journal of the Data Centre Alliance. The DCS Awards will be announced at an evening event at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on the 24th May.
Jon Healy, Managing Executive, Keysource commented:
It’s great to have been chosen as finalist for our projects with Willis Towers Watson and the University of Exeter. The shortlisting of these projects show that our consultancy led approach has been delivering real value and success for our customers. We hope to succeed in May following a success in previous DCS Awards. We hope lots of people will visit the website and vote!
We are excited to announce that Keysource’s Horsham office will be moving into their new offices on Monday 26th March.
Located just down the road from our current offices, the new offices in 3 City Place sit just outside of London Gatwick Airport, providing excellent transport links not only to London but also to our international customers across the world.
The new office is designed to give our team room to grow, whilst also providing a state-of-the-art working space to ensure we can continue to deliver world class critical environment solutions.
From the 26th March, our new Gatwick office address will be:
3 City Place
Beehive Ring Road
London Gatwick Airport
Please note that all accounts and billing information will need to be updated with the new address. In the move some of our telephone numbers will also be changing – if in doubt call our main number on 0345 204 3333 and our reception will be able to direct your call.
Over the last 4 years our critical facilities management offering has grown exponentially, delivering services across the UK and internationally for major corporations such as Sky and PGS, for the Metropolitan Police Service, as well as major Universities across the UK.
In order to meet this continuing growth we are moving into expanded purpose built warehouse facility in Gatwick’s International Distribution Centre. This increased space will allow our critical facilities offering to continue growing and allow us to support an ever expanding customer base.