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AWS re/Start grads set to take Welsh tech sector by storm

We’re proud to announce that within days of our AWS re/Start program coming to an end, half of the participants have secured jobs as entry-level cloud engineers with Welsh tech firms.

Companies that have made offers of employment so far include cloud consultancy Mobilise Cloud, cybersecurity specialist Bridewell Consulting and financial software firm Delio. They’ve been hugely supportive of the program, conducting mock interviews with delegates to sharpen their skills and sharing real-world insights about working life.

“I enjoyed the course, the classroom sessions were great and the lab work was interesting. I’ve learnt many new things such as AWS concepts, how to participate in group discussions and how to build a CV. Now I’ve got a job and I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”

Jene, AWS re/Start participant

Fawad Gul, a Senior Technical Trainer at DevOpsGroup, says the participants will make a positive contribution to the local talent pool at a time when digital skills are in short supply:

“From day one, it was clear that everyone was committed to getting the most out of the AWS re/Start opportunity. The participants have worked hard and made great progress. It’s so rewarding to see them receiving job offers, and I know they will become valued employees.”

This sentiment is echoed by David Sadler, founder of Sadler Recruitment, who liaised with potential employers on our behalf. He also provided interview coaching for the participants, and says they were quick to take advice on board.

“In the debriefs we received after mock interviews, it was clear that everyone had really listened to the hints and tips we gave them,” says David. “They were well prepared which meant they were confident and made a good impression.”

An alternative route for digital skills recruitment

It’s well-known that Wales and the UK as a whole is at risk of a digital skills crisis. With many firms accelerating their uptake of cloud computing over the past 18 months, cloud engineering skills are in especially high demand. Companies realise that they need to invest in and nurture new talent to ensure they can meet future business goals. They’re increasingly looking at alternative ways to recruit employees, rather than solely relying on traditional routes such as university graduate programs. 

“re/Start allowed me to get stuck in to working in IT quickly; now I can pursue my career aspirations without having to go to university. I’m looking forward to continually learning and staying ahead of the technology advancement curve.”

Ed, AWS re/Start participant

Bridewell Consulting has taken on two of the re/Start participants. Co-CEO Scott Nicholson says it’s been a pleasure to engage with the program: “The individual students have all really impressed us with their knowledge and desire to break into the industry. We’re proud to be connected with the program and are looking forward to watching the individuals we’ve hired flourish within our business.”

The program has equipped participants with valuable cloud skills ranging from the provision and configuration of AWS core services to managing infrastructure performance. They can also automate sysadmin tasks and handle Linux administration. This provides a strong foundation for future skills development, both in the workplace and via AWS’ ongoing learning pathway.

“The candidates have been given a good grounding in the basic skills to move into the industry. I would recommend this scheme and use it again.”

Alex Le Peltier, Lead DevOps Engineer, Delio

AWS re/Start is a 12-week skills development program enabling people to jump-start a career in the fast-growing area of cloud computing.

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