DevOpsGroup Blog New wave of digital talent (almost) ready for hire

New wave of digital talent (almost) ready for hire

Our AWS re/Start participants are now on the final straight of their 12-week training program which nurtures diverse digital talent. Over the next few weeks, they’ll hone practical cloud engineering skills and engage with potential employers.

Technical capabilities developed on the course range from cloud operations and coding to database administration. As participants get ready to enter the world of work, our trainers are also setting challenges which strengthen wider competences such as teamwork and communications.

About AWS re/Start and the participants

AWS re/Start enables unemployed people to jump-start a career in cloud computing. For employers, it represents an alternative way to recruit sought after digital skills required in the cloud. 

Training and assessment are carried out by industry experts in line with core deliverables set by AWS. Successful participants graduate with the industry-recognised AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner qualification and a host of other valuable skills.

Our participants come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have recently left school whereas others are returning to work after a career break to raise a family.

“This is the first time an AWS re/Start program has been held in Wales and we have been so impressed with the attitude and aptitude of participants. They are keen to learn and have made quick progress. Any one of them would be a strong addition to an IT team operating in the cloud.”

Fawad Gul, Senior Technical Trainer, DevOpsGroup

Engaging with potential employers

Over the next few weeks, participants will take part in mock interviews held by external organisations to build their confidence. We’re already seeing positive interest from a range of Welsh tech companies looking to support this important stage of the training, and potentially recruit participants.

Organisations that have got involved so far include a leading Welsh FinTech, a Swansea-based technical services company and a US cybersecurity firm with a Cardiff office.

At the point of graduation, participants will be ready to take on an entry-level cloud engineering or junior cloud developer role. They’ll be proficient in the following areas:

  • Provision and configuration of AWS core services and infrastructure components
  • Monitoring, measuring and reporting on infrastructure load and performance
  • Automation of sysadmin tasks with the design, code and testing of simple programs using Python and Bash
  • Linux administration, configuration of basic network components, routine database management and maintenance.

Graduates will also be able to assist with more complex areas, such as the resolution of network problems, security configurations and monitoring security events. They are encouraged to continue their learning pathway with AWS after the course as well.

“Some of our participants previously worked in developer roles before taking a career break. They bring a solid traditional computing background which is now enhanced with up-to-the-minute cloud capabilities. We know that all the participants have exciting careers ahead and will be highly valued by their future employers.”

Andy Thomas, Principal DevOps Consultant, DevOpsGroup

A few weeks ago, we held a webinar for potential employers to find out more about AWS re/Start, you can access a recording here.

Contact us if you represent an employer and would like to find out more about the AWS re/Start participants. academy@devopsgroup.com  

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