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Technology sector training with Amazon's AWS re:Start

 August 30, 2017

Amazon Web Services has launched a new training and job placement UK digital skills programme called AWS re:Start that aims to increase a digitally skilled population. '

Teaching digital job skills

Working with QA Consulting, The Prince's Trust, and The Ministry of Defence (MoD), Amazon Web Services re:Start programme wants to see people, from military or disadvantaged backgrounds, be given the knowledge and skills to build a career within the digital economy in the next 3 years. The program will result in a full-time work placement and/or apprenticeship for each of the 1,000 participants trained.

Hands on training with Amazon

Throughout the course, students will learn about cloud computing and how to architect, design, and develop cloud-based applications using AWS core services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), amongst others. They will also learn how to set up new cloud environments using proven best practices in security and compliance. Students will build applications using software development toolkits for popular languages, such as Python, and learn how to write software applications using object-oriented programming, the most widely used programming, design, and analysis approach for software engineering in use today. They will also be taught about multi-tier architectures, application programming interfaces (APIs), and microservices, techniques which enable businesses to build secure, elastically scalable, and highly-reliable applications in the cloud.

A variety of career options

Individuals who then complete the AWS re:Start training course can expect to be eligible for many different technical positions including, first line helpdesk support, junior IT support analyst, junior software developer, junior IT support technician, junior network engineer, junior IT recruitment consultant and IT sales based roles.

If you are aged between 16-25 and want to find out if you qualify, visit

Inspiring initiatives

As well as the Digital Skills programme, Amazon also runs the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary which provides funding for female students from low-income backgrounds studying innovation-related degrees at Churchill College Cambridge, Edinburgh University and Kings College London.

Applications for the Operations Apprenticeship are open to candidates over 18 with GCSEs of Grade C or above in English and Maths. For more information, visit:

Amazon has a wide variety of career opportunities

Amazon has an amazing selection of engineering opportunities for the right candidates. Take a look at the current vacancies they are offering at an exciting time in the company's growth.

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