Amazon launches free training scheme to veterans & reservists

Amazon’s cloud storage business AWS has launched a new training and job placement scheme, to help close the UK digital skills gap by offering free training to educate veterans, reservists, and their spouses, on the latest software development and cloud computing technologies.

According to an article by City AM, research from parliament's science and technology suggests that more than 12m adults in the UK lack basic digital skills and that a lack of expertise is costing the economy £63bn every year.

The re:Start training programme includes a 4-week free training course, delivered by QA Consulting. It is designed for people with no prior experience or training within any technology field, as well as those who have worked within a technology role previously.

AWS re:Start is supported by the Ministry of Defence, the Career Transition Partnership and The Princes Trust with the aim to assist cadets, Service leavers, reservists, veterans and spouses with a new career opportunity and was launched on January 12. The scheme will also see connections with companies such as Tesco Bank, EDF, ARM and Funding Circle to get those trained through the initiative into the workforce via placements.

As AWS describes on its website: “The re:Start training programme includes a 4-week free training course, delivered by QA Consulting. It is designed for people with no prior experience or training within any technology field, as well as those who have worked within a technology role previously. After the training course, you will get a work-experience placement, based on merit, within one of the participating partners, to put the skills learned on the course into practice.”

To find out more about the re: Start training programme, visit https://aws-restart.com/career-opportunity.html  and to read the City AM article in full, go to http://bit.ly/2j4tFag.

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