What is AWS re:Start?

AWS re:Start is a training and job placement programme, launched by Amazon Web Services, for the UK to educate young adults as well as military veterans, reservists, and their spouses, on the latest software development and cloud computing technologies.

What you will learn as part of AWS re:Start

AWS re:Start is designed to accommodate differing levels of experience – even those with no previous technical knowledge can sign up. Participants who join AWS re:Start will complete technical training classes, led by AWS certified instructors, and will complete work experience to gain on-the-job training. They will learn about cloud computing and how to architect, design, and develop cloud-based applications using AWS. They will also learn how to set up new cloud environments using proven best practices in security and compliance and to build applications using software development toolkits for popular languages, such as Python. 

In addition to the technical training, The Prince’s Trust, through their ‘Get into Technology’ programme, will support students with mentoring, soft work skills, and help in applying for jobs including resume writing and interview skills.

How many customers/partners have committed to supporting this initiative?

To date, tens of customers and partners committed to offering the participants a job placement including:

Direct Line

"We are delighted to support this programme which is addressing the digital skills gap with under-privileged young adults and ex-military veterans. As businesses move into a more cloud based environment, the skills and knowledge needed continues to evolve and initiatives such as this play an important part in upskilling the workforce. We look forward to working with the programme to identify key talent that can meet our role requirements.”
Ash Roots (Director of Digital)

Sage

"Many people who leave the military find it challenging to transition back into civilian life. Providing them with quality mentoring, skills training and work placements is a hugely positive step towards meeting this challenge. “We believe that collaboration across the tech industry will help us all tackle this important social challenge faster, more efficiently and with better outcomes. Our partnership with Amazon Web Services will provide veterans with placements with Sage customers and partners, as well as mentoring. Through the Invictus Games and initiatives like this, Sage Foundation is providing crucial support to former servicemen and women, so that they can successfully secure their future after service."

Vicky Gosling OBE, Executive Lead for the Veterans Programme

EDF

“Developing our digital capability to provide a great experience for our customers and improving diversity within our business are fundamental to our future. We are excited about the opportunity this programme presents to play our part in closing the digital skills gap and are looking forward to welcoming hard working, dedicated ex-military veterans and young people into EDF Energy”.

The Funding Circle

"We are delighted to support this programme which is addressing the digital skills gap with under-privileged young adults and ex-military veterans. As businesses move into a more cloud based environment, the skills and knowledge needed continues to evolve and initiatives such as this play an important part in upskilling the workforce. We look forward to working with the programme to identify key talent that can meet our role requirements."
David Townsend, VP Engineering at Funding Circle

Zopa

"Zopa is working with AWS on this initiative as this programme will take the participants beyond simply learning the basics of cloud technology and place them into real jobs. We are looking forward to meeting the recruits and working with them on our next projects.”
Ronen Benchetrit (CTO)

Arm

“ARM is a proud patron of The Prince’s Trust and we are looking forward to working with them and other supporters, including the AWS re:Start program to offer further support in 2017 to help young adults find a career within the technology sector.”

Equal Experts

"We prize high levels of experience at Equal Experts – but we also want to help newcomers discover why they might want to gain that experience. By providing a route into tech for promising newcomers, AWS re:Start is a compelling way for us to contribute to the long-term health of our industry; we’ve found it rewarding to mentor people to get an idea of the many opportunities waiting for them."
Duncan Crawford, Partner

Cloudreach

"One of Cloudreach's four core values is "Promote Personal Growth". This initiative aligns 100% with that Cloudreach value and we are proud to be associated with AWS and this programme. We look forward to meeting the young recruits on this programme and show them the way through our next cloud projects."
Pontus Noren (Co-founder & Director)

SPLUNK

"Splunk is proud to support the AWS Re:Start initiative, giving the young people of the Prince’s Trust as well as military veterans an opportunity to develop their digital skills for jobs that are in high demand. We are excited about working with this program and look forward to helping participants take their first steps in the technology industry."
Corey Marshall, Director - Splunk4Good

RackSpace

"Technology sits at the heart of the British economy. At a time when the country is facing a serious skills gap in this sector, Rackspace is proud to partner with the AWS Re:Start initiative. We believe that the programme offers up an opportunity to some of the most determined people in society to hone new digital skills, so they can shape the country’s future. We have been fortunate to work with some of these people and look forward to welcoming many more in years to come."
Dan Cox, General Manager EMEA

More organisations involved include:

What training is QA providing?

QA Consulting have developed bespoke courses that will equip ex-Military Service Personnel and Military Service Personnel in transition along with their spouses and delegates from The Prince's Trust with technical skills to perform AWS roles with varying levels of expertise. 

Opportunities for employers

Does your organisation use AWS technology? Click here to find out more about how you can source skilled AWS candidates for your organisation through the AWS re:Start programme.

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