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Applications open for free AWS course in cloud skills

25 Nov 2020

The newly launched AWS re/Start programme aims to prepare participants for entry-level jobs in cloud, infrastructure, site reliability and more.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a free training programme for cloud skills in Ireland. Called AWS re/Start, it will give participants who are unemployed, underemployed or from underrepresented communities the opportunity to develop new skills and train for jobs.

The programme is open to people with different experience levels and no previous technical knowledge is required.

The 12-week course teaches fundamental AWS cloud skills such as programming, networking, security and relational database skills, as well as practical career skills like CV writing and interviewing, communication, time management and teamwork.

Those taking part will get access to mentors across these areas and will be able to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam at no cost. Once they’ve completed the course, AWS said that participants will be able to apply for entry-level jobs in cloud operations, infrastructure support and site reliability, among other areas.

Non-profit organisation Generation will help deliver the coursework in Ireland and link graduates of the programme with potential employers.

AWS Ireland country manager Mike Beary said that re/Start aims to build “a diverse pipeline of new cloud talent” and support young people “who otherwise might not have had access to this exciting career path”.

Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins, TD, added that as demand for new and more digital services grows, so will the need for “high-tech skills”. He said that AWS re/Start offers an “alternative training route” for people in Ireland who want to pursue a career in cloud tech.

Michael Houlihan, CEO of Generation UK and Ireland, said his organisation is excited to launch this programme. “Widening access to jobs, improving social mobility and providing support for underserved groups is a high priority across Ireland, made even more important by the economic and social impact of Covid-19,” he added.

“We believe AWS re/Start will make an important contribution to bridge the gap between young people looking for meaningful employment and companies who are struggling to fill entry-level technical positions.”

If you’re interested in applying for AWS re/Start, learn more about the course here. The first cohort is scheduled to begin this week.

Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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