AWS re / Start cloud skills training program launched in South Africa
NEDBANK has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide free cloud computing skills development and vocational training to unemployed young South Africans. The training will be offered as part of the AWS re / Start program that AWS announced is expanding to Kenya and South Africa in May.
AWS re / Start is a free 12-week training program, covering core AWS Cloud skills and practical work skills. Through scenario-based exercises, hands-on labs, and lessons, individuals learn skills in Linux, Python, networking, security, and relational databases.
The program also aims to ensure that individuals develop professional skills such as adaptive communication, time management, resume writing, as well as preparing them for meetings and interviews with employers. The program is part of AWS’s broader commitment to train 29 million learners for free by 2025.
Learners in the program were selected from the 2021 Nedbank Youth Employment Service (YES) program. YES grew out of the CEO initiative, launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in March 2018, in a collective effort to tackle the youth unemployment crisis. No prior technical or digital experience is required of learners entering this program.
With this program, Nedbank works with AWS re / Start to help learners acquire job-specific skills, connect them with employers, and support them in their careers in the cloud.
Bianca Swartz, Head of Cloud Migration and Transformation at Nedbank, said: “These skills are especially needed in a world where technological expertise falls short as we move into a world in which the way to working will change forever, spurred by the coronavirus pandemic which has decimated lives and economies around the world ”
Swartz added that “Nedbank’s goal is to use its financial expertise to benefit individuals, families, businesses and society.” “Together with AWS re / Start, we are building an inclusive and diverse global pipeline of new talent in the cloud by engaging unemployed youth with no technical skills or prior qualifications who otherwise might not have had access to this path. careers. “
The program covers the cost for learners to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, validating their cloud skills with industry-recognized credentials. Ultimately, AWS re / Start helps individuals prepare for roles in operations, site reliability, and infrastructure support.
Tejas Vashi, Global AWS re / Start Team Leader, said: “AWS re / Start is more than just a training program; it is a life-changing initiative that helps individuals launch successful careers in the cloud. We are proud to work with Nedbank to equip unemployed youth with in-demand cloud skills that will help organizations accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud.