CNet Training – ALET UTCs & Partners shortlisted for data centre industry award

Publishing Date: Apr 18, 2024

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Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) UTCs & Partners, an industry/education collaboration, has been shortlisted for an award in recognition of a pioneering engineering programme, launched to address the skills gap within the digital infrastructure industry.

Hot on the heels of scooping four other global awards in just three years, the team are thrilled to be nominated for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Skills and Training’ award at the DCS Awards 2024, celebrating outstanding achievements within the data centre sector.

The partnership has been nominated for its Digital Futures Programme; a curriculum developed in collaboration with industry leaders to provide students with a specialised pathway into the digital infrastructure sector. The programme equips students with in-demand skills and knowledge, positioning them for world-class careers in the digital infrastructure industry.

Launched at UTC Heathrow in 2021, plans are now under way to scale up the programme's intake by rolling it out across ALET’s further three University Technical Colleges (UTC Reading, UTC Swindon and UTC Oxfordshire), reflecting the initiative's contribution to shaping the future workforce and driving innovation in the sector.

The success of the initiative is attributed to the support of ALET’s industry partners: Amazon Web Services, ARK Data Centres, CBRE, CNet Training, CyrusOne, Digital Realty, LMG, Virtus Data Centres and Yondr, alongside UTC Heathrow partners JLL, KAO Data and Vertiv Data Centres.

The Digital Futures Programme is a first for any UK school and has gone from strength to strength, with the first group of apprentices taking up places this year in a data infrastructure company as a direct result of their studies.

Find out more about the programme at:

If you think the work ALET UTCs & Partners are doing with young people is important to help future proof the industry, then please vote for us in the DCS Awards at

Voting is open now until 3 May 2024. If voting, please note:

  • Votes will only be accepted from a current business email address
  • Votes from third party email providers will not be counted (e.g. Gmail/Hotmail)
About CNet Training, An Uptime Education Company

CNet Training is the award-winning global leader of technical education for the Digital Infrastructure industry (comprising network infrastructure and data centre programs.) The company design and deliver programs in locations across the world and via live Instructor-led remote attendance classes. They also design and deliver vendor-specific programs for many of the world’s leading manufacturers of data centre and network infrastructure solutions.

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