CurveUp to offer free AWS re/Start cloud skills training programme in Sri Lanka
Newswire: In order to address the widening skills gap in the cloud computing sphere and provide individuals the opportunity to build cloud skills, CurveUp, a leading technology consultancy and education provider, is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide free cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start programme across Sri Lanka.
AWS re/Start is a 12-week training programme that covers fundamental AWS Cloud skills as well as practical career skills, such as interviewing and resume writing, to help individuals prepare for entry-level cloud roles. The first AWS re/Start cohort in Sri Lanka started in April.
According to the Sri Lanka IT-BPM Industry report, the IT sector in the country employs 150,000 people and grew by 7% during the second quarter of 2021, exhibiting tremendous interest and growth in the sector. The internet penetration has covered more than 50% of the entire population, and the post-Covid environment has further enabled online-based learning in Sri Lanka. Together, CurveUp and AWS re/Start are helping to build an inclusive, diverse global pipeline of new cloud talent by engaging individuals who otherwise might not have had access to this career path.
The programme helps prepare unemployed or underemployed individuals, including those without any IT experience or traditional higher education, who are seeking to launch new careers in the highly evolving technology sector. Mohammed Fawaz, Founder of CurveUp said, “Sri Lanka undoubtedly has immense potential when it comes to its diverse pool of talent and resources. We couldn’t be happier with this collaborative effort with AWS. Initiating the AWS re/Start programme will open doors to many opportunities to people willing to develop their knowledge and skills in the cloud, and we look forward to welcoming individuals from all walks of life.”
The programme focuses on skills development, including for Linux, Python, Networking and Security, and Relational Databases, and will include scenario-based exercises, hands-on labs, and coursework. The program will be taught through an online learning platform by certified and experienced trainers. AWS re/Start is free to learners, and also covers the cost to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. This AWS Certification helps validate the cloud skills of the learners with an industry-recognized credential.
“AWS re/Start brings net-new talent into the workforce, establishing a win-win-win scenario for individuals to launch successful careers in the cloud, organizations to increase their competitive edge with in-demand talent, and communities to thrive and grow. We are proud to work with CurveUp to build the diverse, robust cloud workforce of the future enabling organizations to accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud,” said Kevin Kelly, Director of Education Programmes at AWS.
Ultimately, AWS re/Start helps individuals prepare for roles in operations, site reliability, and infrastructure support. This collaboration with AWS re/Start allows CurveUp to nurture cloud talent in Sri Lanka and create a strong learning environment which benefits the industry at large. CurveUp will also identify and fulfil untapped talent and provide them with job opportunities by connecting them with many large employers in the country.
The AWS re/Start program is part of Amazon’s efforts to help 29 million people globally grow their cloud computing skills for free by 2025.
The expanding ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors of the country have created the need for specialized skills development programmes to further boost Sri Lanka’s ICT industry. Many international businesses engaged in the ICT industry have shown interest in Sri Lanka and have also set up businesses in the county realising the growing business potential in the area. Therefore, skills development and technical training in the ICT industry is also a growing business opportunity that would be a lucrative venture in the next few years.
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