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Get Into Technology

Would you like a career in the tech industry?
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Are you aged between 16 and 25 and interested in working in the technology sector?

If you are not currently in education, training, employment or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and available for 5 weeks, you could be eligible for this exciting AWS re:Start programme.

Get FREE training
Take part in a full-time training programme paid for by Amazon Web Services, at a training centre in London. Your travel will be paid for too.
Gain work experience
After your training you will get work experience at an organisation, in London, using the skills that you have learned within the training programme.
Get set up
Go from having NO previous tech experience, NO tech training and NO tech industry contacts - to getting all of these within five weeks with the AWS re:Start initiative.
Get support
After you have completed the AWS re:Start initiative you will get continued support from AWS and QA – for potential career opportunities within their network of clients and partners, who use AWS services. As well as support from The Prince's Trust.

How does it work?

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Request a call from the Princes Trust via TEXT or PHONE to check you eligibility. You can also explore courses via the Princes Trust site at the link below.
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Apply
Speak to a member of Prince’s Trust staff to find out more about the programme and if you are interested they will invite you the Taster Day.
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Meet
At the Taster Day you will meet the team and have a chat so we can get to know you a little bit better. There is nothing that you need to do to prepare for this – just be yourself!
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0800 842 842
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Your chance to get into technology and work in the cloud!

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Start working in the tech industry in just 3 weeks

And there's no experience necessary.

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Unbeatable opportunities

The Prince’s Trust offers up to 6 months support  for everyone who finishes the programme, to help the find the next step that’s right for them. QA Consulting are always on the look-out for budding young tech consultants to employ, they have apprenticeships if you are keen to continue studying, and the employers that you work with for the placement may have an opportunity for you after the programme ends. If you are passionate about starting a career in technology and can demonstrate this during the Get into Technology programme, then this collective of organisations will help to see you through to the next level.

AWS Business Analyst
This is a customer-facing role that requires a basic understanding of the technology but does not require hands-on proficiency.  The role will be suitable for people with less technical experience but very good interpersonal and communication skills.
AWS Sales Support
This is a customer-facing role that involves selling AWS solutions, capability or resources. An understanding of the AWS ecosystem is highly advantageous in this role as one is likely to work with experienced Sales people without a technical background.
AWS Support Engineer
This is for the people with a slightly lower academic background or less technical experience. They might work as a 2nd or 3rd line helpdesk or support engineer at a company that uses AWS as their platform.

QA Consulting are committed to employing 100 AWS Consultants in 2017 and giving an additional 8+ weeks of funded training required to become an AWS Consultant at QA Consulting. Once you have completed the AWS re:Start programme you will be eligible to apply to be an AWS Consultant with QA Consulting.

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Who's behind the programme?

Frequently asked questions

What is the structure of the Prince’s Trust employability programme and what will I learn?

The Prince’s Trust programme is called ‘Get into Technology’. It is a five week programme for young people aged 16-25 who are currently not in education, training or employment and are interested in working in the technology sector.  No qualifications, experience or particular technical baseline knowledge is required to complete the course, just a real enthusiasm for the subject. The programme will start with three weeks of training led by QA Consulting, which will cover programming fundamentals, and an introduction to networking, cloud and AWS core services. The format will be interactive and include classroom-based lessons, team work and a mini project, as well as training on key employability skills like CVs and interviews. After the training, there are two weeks of work experience so that these new skills can be demonstrated in a practical workplace environment. Everyone who completes the programme receives up to six months support from the Prince’s Trust afterwards to help them into employment, further training or an apprenticeship.


How long is the training programme and where will it take place?

The Prince’s Trust training programme is a five week programme and the training will take place in AWS training centres in London.  Upon completion of the training, there will be a two week work experience placement with an AWS customer or partner, in their office in London.


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

The Get into Technology programme is for young people living in London, and any travel expenses will be covered.


Does the training cost anything?

The Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Technology’ programme is funded by AWS and therefore free for participants to attend. All travel expenses are covered and The Prince’s Trust has a national agreement with the jobcentre to ensure that benefits are not affected by taking part on the programme.

When does the next programme start in 2017?

The next programme will be starting in October 2017. There will be a ‘Taster Day’ one week prior to that where individuals can find out more about the Get into Technology programme. The Taster Day will be an informal opportunity to meet others interested in the programme, and will be the day where candidates are selected to start the course.

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

Yes, the work experience placement is a key part of the programme.

What is the application process?

If you are interested the please get in touch with the Prince’s Trust, either on their website
www.princes-trust.org.uk or by calling free 0800 842 842. The Prince’s Trust Outreach team will get in touch with you to see if you’re eligible for the programme. If you are, you will be invited to the Taster Day.

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

If you are interested in Get into Technology and would like to be considered for a place, please get in touch with the Prince’s Trust. The Prince’s Trust runs a variety of programmes throughout the year so there is always the opportunity to do something different if this one is not the right fit.

If there is a face-to-face interview – where will that take place and when?

There will be an informal interview at the Taster Day, with a member of Prince’s Trust staff and a member of AWS or QA staff. This will be discussed beforehand and no preparation or prior knowledge is needed – it is just used to get to know you as an individual.

After I have applied for the programme – how long will it take for me to get feedback?

Everyone who attends the Taster Day will receive a call from the Prince’s Trust by the end of the week with feedback and to let them know whether they have been successful in getting a place on the programme.

Will I get a qualification from the training programme?

When you complete the programme you will receive a certificate indicating so. This will be a certificate from QA, who are a leading UK technology training company, who will be providing the training for the AWS re:Start initiative and the Get Into Technology programme.

What type of job roles will I get to do after the programme?

The following roles, in order of seniority, will be available after completing the programme:

AWS Support Engineer – this is for the people with a slightly lower academic background or less technical experience.  They might work as a 2nd or 3rd line helpdesk or support engineer at a company that uses the AWS as their platform

AWS Business Analyst – This is a customer-facing role that requires a basic understanding of the technology but does not require hands-on proficiency.  The role will be suitable for people with less technical experience but very good interpersonal and communication skills.

AWS Sales Support – This is a customer-facing role that involves selling AWS solutions, capability or resources. An understanding of the AWS ecosystem is highly advantageous in this role as one is likely to work with experienced Sales people without a technical background.

QA Apprentice – for people requiring more experience QA happens to have the largest apprenticeship business in the UK.  QA can further train, place and mentor candidates and find jobs/apprenticeships in the market.

Over and above the general employment opportunities QA has many additional training modules that can be offered to new employers at significant discounts. In addition, QA Consulting are committed to employing 100 AWS Consultants in 2017 and giving the additional 8+ weeks of training required to become an AWS Consultant at QA Consulting.

Do I get paid anything during the training or work placement?

The programme is unpaid but all travel expenses are covered.

Do I get to choose the job role for the work placement?

We will look at where candidates’ interests lie and also travel considerations and try our best to place people. The work placement will involve what you have learnt during the three week training.

What happens after the training and the work placement – will there be support to get a full-time job or paid contract after it?

QA Consulting, who are facilitating the training are here to support you. QA Consulting may offer employment to those who have completed the training or that they may introduce them to other companies with a view to them offering employment and/or further training, which could include an apprenticeship. The Prince’s Trust also supports young people post-programme for up to 6-months. You can apply to have a mentor who will work with you on a one to one level.

What if I don’t have any previous or knowledge experience of  technology?

No previous knowledge or work experience is required – it is purely around your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.