Preparing a Local Workforce for the Data Center Industry Requires a Collaborative Approach

2 Oct 2023


As technology continues to advance, the demand for data centers has surged, particularly in the United States. Data centers serve as the backbone of the digital age, powering the internet and storing vast amounts of information. However, the rapid expansion of this industry has created a pressing need for a skilled workforce to build and operate these critical facilities. Recognizing this challenge, many companies, including Google, have taken significant strides in preparing the local workforce to meet the demands of the data center industry. For example, they gave $10 million to Goodwill so the organization could provide digital skills training to help people advance in the labor market. In Franklin County, Ohio, Google invested $400,000 among four organizations that will help workers find jobs in skilled trade industries.

“Google is taking a holistic approach to developing the workforce. They are not only supporting initiatives that will develop technology and engineering talent, but also supporting organizations that are training people in the skilled trades,” said Bethany Quinn, Vice President of Strategy & Content Development for Golden Shovel Agency. “Even though they may not directly hire skilled tradesmen, they are investing in talent development so that local businesses have the talent they need to take construction contracts and build the physical infrastructure necessary for the organization to expand.”

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