1,500 Trained, 15,000 to Follow – STL Academy Blazing a Trail in OFC Deployment Training

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Performing the vital function of training people to correctly lay the fibre that carries internet signals, STL Academy has managed to train and certify 1500 professionals in the last 10 months and is planning a tenfold increase in 2019

The Internet – Behind the Scenes

If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet. As do about half a billion other Indians. If memes and pop culture references are anything to go by, people today can’t imagine their lives without it. And for good reason – the internet makes our lives so much easier and faster.

Deploying the fibre that makes it possible for this non-essential necessity to reach us is, on the other hand, anything but easy or fast. In fact, the task of planning, deploying and maintaining an Optical Fibre Network is highly complex, specialised and in some cases downright dangerous, which is a far cry from the ‘digging job’ it has been regarded as in the past.

Those tasked with training or field work need to navigate tricky terrain, government regulations and at times even serious geo-political issues. The techniques employed vary with (among other factors) location, terrain, soil type and fibre type. Given the high level of skill, expertise and strategic nous required, there is a growing consensus in the industry that fibre should only be deployed by experts.

This is where STL Academy comes in.

An altitude of 12,500 feet in Ladakh is the venue for the inaugural batch of the Network For Spectrum program attended by 65 vendor professionals

STL Academy

Founded in 2015 with a vision to streamline training activities, the Academy aims to train professionals to correctly deploy Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) and develop the Right Skills in them, in order to build a skilled workforce across India in the Optical Fibre Network domain.

The last 10 months or so (from mid 2018 to early 2019) have seen the Academy’s operations kick into high gear with contributions from trainers Indranil Ghoshal and Avadh Gupta, who have managed to train an impressive 1,500 professionals, including over 400 Defence personnel in that short period of time. Assisting them have been Master Trainers from the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC).

The trainers were even presented with an award for their accomplishments in the recently held STL Townhall meeting. Here’s how Indranil said it felt to have their efforts recognised:

“We are absolutely thrilled and excited. This shows that with clear focus and hard work one is bound to be recognised in this industry. This recognition has motivated us to move at lightning speed. That said, what drives us even more is the knowledge that we are in the privileged position of being able to positively impact the lives of thousands of people with the work we do.”

And the Academy aren’t resting on their laurels just yet. Setting their sights high again, they aim to increase the number of people trained 10x in 2019!

Add to this the endorsement the ‘STL Training Program’ has recently received from FTTH Council APAC, and it’s clear to see that the Academy really is firing on all cylinders.

Sharifabad, Kashmir hosts 24 Signal Regiment personnel for 5 day training on Fibre Maintenance

The Academy’s Goal

As a company, STL is committed to serving the greater good. This spirit permeates STL Academy’s mission also. All the Academy’s efforts ultimately culminate in their pursuit for a larger, public-spirited goal, which is to build a robust and reliable network for the nation and to create talent development and employment opportunities for the Indian youth.

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