Career Opportunity

Are you from a military background? Want a career in technology?
Register Your Interest

In partnership with QA Consulting, Sage and Experis, Amazon Web Services have developed a customised training, mentoring and job placement scheme that will equip you with the skills and confidence to perform technology roles at various levels of expertise. Qualifying applicants who are eligible for the AWS re:Start programme include: Service leavers, reservists, veterans, cadets, cadet force adult volunteers and spouses of all these groups.

Find out more at our Taster Day

Get FREE training
Take part in a full-time training programme paid for by Amazon Web Services at training centre locations in both London and Manchester. Other training locations may be offered in the future according to demand.
Get work experience
We will endeavour to find you work experience with one of our customers or partners using the skills that you have learnt on the training programme. The location of this work experience will be varied but may not necessarily be in your preferred geographical location.
Get set up
Go from having NO previous technology experience, NO technology training and NO technology industry contacts - to getting all of these in 4-weeks with the AWS re:Start programme.
Get support
You will be fully supported through your transition into work experience with the assistance of a trained mentor as part of the Sage mentoring programme

How does it work?

Fill out our registration form online to register your interest and find out more about the AWS re:Start programme.
A representative from the programme will give you a call for an informal chat to find out more about you, your experience and aspirations. You do not need to do anything to prepare for this.
You will receive an email or phone call to inform you if you have been successful. It may take up to 2-weeks for your offer to come through.
Register Your Interest

The tech industry needs you!

Start your tech career with the AWS re:Start programme.


Roles on offer

Both AWS and QA will help you to get exposed to a variety of organisations, clients and partners, and will provide career advice following the AWS re:Start programme.

You could either be employed by QA Consulting working with one of their Blue Chip clients, or, directly with an AWS existing customer. The following roles, in order of seniority, will be available to those with relevant digital skills:

Junior Network Engineer
This role is responsible for implementing, maintaining, supporting and developing networks
in cloud technology.
Junior Software Developer
This role is
responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining solutions in cloud technology.
Junior IT Support Technician
This role is responsible for diagnosing and solving problems in applications/solutions running in the cloud.
Junior IT Recruitment Consultant
This role is responsible for identifying and sourcing digital resources to fulfil technology and business needs for organisations using cloud technology.
Junior IT Support Analyst
This role is responsible for diagnosing and solving problems in software solutions in cloud technology.
First-line Helpdesk Support
This role is responsible for helping customers troubleshoot problems.
IT Sales
This is a customer-facing role that involves presenting and selling cloud services and/or
resources to organisations using cloud technology. .
Build your own technology business
This involves building a technology product using cloud technology to meet a business need or solve a market problem.​ Most of the world's best known startups such as airbnb were born in the cloud.

Your training

The AWS re:Start training programme includes a 4-week FREE training course, delivered by certified AWS instructors. 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. The course is not streamed according to experience, but does ensure that by the end of it, all students will have the same baseline knowledge of the AWS platforms and architecture to be able to successfully commence a career within the digital industry.

Trainees will learn about cloud computing and how to develop cloud-based applications using AWS and work towards your AWS Cloud Practitioner certification - 2 weeks of pre course and 2 weeks post course digital training will also be provided to ensure you have the best possible chance of gaining this certification. AWS re: Start is designed to accommodate differing levels of experience – even those with no previous technical knowledge can sign up.

During the 4 weeks Experis deliver Employability workshops to help support you with your job search. These cover: ‘The Opportunities in Technology’, ‘CV Writing for the IT jobs market’, ‘Searching for a role in IT’ and ‘Effective interviewing’. You will be given fantastic pre and post course mentoring support by Sage and again all of this is provided to you free of charge.


Who's behind the programme?

Frequently asked questions

What is the AWS re:Start Programme?

The AWS re:Start programme aims to address the growing deficit of digital skills to available jobs.

Working with QA Consulting, The Prince’s Trust, and The Ministry of Defence (MOD), the AWS re:Start programme will see 1,000 people from military or disadvantaged backgrounds given the knowledge and skills to jump start their career within the digital economy. Supported by AWS partners and customers, the programme will endeavour to find a work attachment for each of the 1,000 participants being trained.

What is the structure of the AWS re:Start programme and what will I learn?

This is a four week programme to provide the foundational knowledge of AWS services. This is aimed at those with little or no prior technical or AWS experience, as well as those who have existing experience of working within technology. The aim of this course is to equip you with a fundamental knowledge and skills to design, develop and implement solutions on AWS.

The training delivered through the AWS re:Start programme will focus on Enterprise Architecture, which will give you the business and architectural skills to be able to identify a problem or issue and suggest and make a recommendation to fix it. Following this, you will get an introduction to object-oriented programming, syntax and the inner workings of the Java programming language. What you learn will be reinforced through practical project work.  You will learn about general technology concepts such as multi-tier architecture, relational databases, message queuing, service-oriented architecture, web services, application programming interfaces (APIs), encryption, networking, DevOps, and Software Development Life Cycle.

You will also learn about cloud computing and AWS core services including Compute (Amazon EC2), Storage (Amazon S3), Databases (Amazon RDS) and Networking (Amazon VPC) as well as skills on how to successfully navigate the AWS console to securely set up new cloud infrastructures.

What will happen once the initial training is completed?

Once you complete the programme you will get a certificate indicating so and will get a work experience placement with an AWS customer or partner.

Where will the training take place?

This will take place at training centres in London and Manchester with further locations to be confirmed according to demand.

Will I get accommodation provided during the training and where will that be?

The training course is a non-residential programme, so no accommodation will be provided.

When does the programme start?

Training courses will run every 6-8 weeks so keep checking the website for updates on when the next course is due to start.

Am I guaranteed to get a work experience placement after I have started the programme?

We will work with you to try and find a suitable work experience placement. There is no guarantee that we will be able to source a work experience placement in your location of choice nor is there any guarantee that this placement will lead to a permanent role.

What is the deadline for applying or will you have ongoing programmes?

Training courses will run every 6-8 weeks so please check the website for updates on when the next course is due to start and the deadline for applications.

What jobs will the participants who complete the training be able to do?

If you have completed the course you will have the ability to work in roles such as 1st line helpdesk support and junior IT support analyst, software developer, support technician, network engineer, recruitment and sales-based roles.

QA Consulting are committed to employing 100 AWS Consultants in 2017 and giving an additional 8+ weeks of training required to become an AWS Consultant, at QA Consulting.

Is travel and board covered for the participants who attend the training?

This is a non-residential programme, so no travel or accommodation is provided.

If I am a Service leaver in resettlement in the Armed Forces what does that mean for me?

You will be able to use your remaining unused resettlement entitlements and allowances to support the AWS re:Start programme, as required.  This will assist with any travel and/or accommodation requirements.