DevOpsGroup Blog Helping young people get on the cloud career ladder with AWS re/Start

Helping people get on the cloud career ladder with AWS re/Start

There’s been lots of talk recently about the growing digital skills gap, both in Wales and across the UK. Take cloud engineering. Many Welsh companies need more employees with experience in this field, but there are not enough candidates to go around. Here at DevOpsGroup we have collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to do something about it by launching Wales’ first AWS re/Start initiative.

“AWS re/Start is more than just a training program; it is a change your life program that helps individuals launch successful careers in the cloud. We are proud to work with DevOpsGroup to equip these individuals with the in-demand cloud skills that will help organisations accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud.”

Tejas Vashi, AWS re/Start Global Team Lead

What is AWS re/Start?

This 12-week skills development program enables people to jump-start a career in the fast-growing area of cloud computing.

Geared towards those with little or no prior experience in IT, it enables people who are unemployed or from disadvantaged backgrounds to access a rewarding career. Covering everything from coding languages to communication and teamwork, it’s an opportunity to learn new skills and make a fresh start.

“AWS re/Start has the potential to unlock an alternative stream of digital talent for businesses in Wales. And it could have a hugely positive impact on the lives and careers of the young people who take part.”

James Harvey, Division Director, DevOpsGroup

The course is free of charge and delegates work towards their AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification, as well as receiving help to secure an entry-level cloud engineering job. Once the course is over, participants are encouraged to continue their studies.

A collaborative effort to close the digital skills gap

DevOpsGroup is currently recruiting 25 people aged 18+ to take part in the AWS re/Start program, beginning in May.

We’re working with Cardiff Council’s IntoWork Advice Service to reach communities and associations that have connections with unemployed or disadvantaged young people.

“A lot of the people we’re speaking to say they face many barriers to getting into IT, from a lack of skills to a lack of qualifications. There’s a lot of talent out there that can be tapped with initiatives like this.”

Chelsie James, Employer Liason Officer, Cardiff Council IntoWork Advice Service

We’re also working with Cardiff-based Sadler Recruitment to help spread the word to employers in Wales. Several companies are already on board to support the candidates on their journey with wider job skills, mock interviews and CV advice.

“To overcome the digital skills issue, we need to come together and collaborate to create non-traditional ways of hiring talent.”

David Sadler, Sadler Recruitment

We’re keen to make the program accessible to anyone who wants to get involved. The course will be delivered online, so there’s no need to travel to our Cardiff office. Watch our short webinar or visit our AWS re/Start page to find out more and to apply.

If you’re an employer looking to invest in future digital talent, you can contact us at academy@devopsgroup.com. We’d love to hear from you!

“This opportunity is giving young people hope. The fact that they could achieve higher than what they thought was possible has brought a new drive and they are eager to get started.”

Videl Farah, Youth Employment Mentor, Cardiff Council IntoWork Advice Service

Interested in joining AWS re/Start? Click the link to find out more and apply


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