Pioneering data centre training programme starts in Finland

Kajaani aims to attract many more data centres and provide the most comprehensive training in the fast-growing sector.

A pioneering training programme for data centre workers has started in Kajaani, northern Finland, combining eco-efficiency, data communications and IT know-how with specialist knowledge concerning heating, water and ventilation. The training programme is a European Social Fund project managed by the Kainuu Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

The one-year programme is designed to meet the increasing demand for data centre services that are produced with the smallest possible carbon footprint. Kajaani already hosts several data centres with a good level of eco-efficiency, thanks to its northern climate and a local river that can be used for cooling purposes. These data centres are part of the training programme, according to Project Director Hannu Tikkanen.

Unique programme in Europe

“This training, which combines heat, water and ventilation, electrical engineering, data centre infrastructure, data communications and systems know-how in one package, does not exist anywhere else in Europe,” says Tikkanen. The training programme will continue after the completion of the European Social Fund project. The training is provided by Adult and Continuing Education AIKOPA, Kainuun Etu Oy and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences.

Kajaani is aiming become a major hub for the fast-growing data centre industry in Finland. CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. has built one of the most eco-efficient data centres in the world in the Renforsin Ranta business area in Kajaani. CSC's data centre aims for a near zero carbon footprint during its operational lifetime.

Sources: Yle, CSC – IT Center for Science