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Nedbank urges employers to contact graduates from the AWS re/Start programme

CORRECTION: The original story said the first cohort of learners for the re/Start programme have completed their 12-week training. They have, in fact, only begun the process. We apologise for the error and have corrected the story below.

Nedbank and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have been working on a partnership aimed at students and graduates keen to gain some cloud-based skills as they try to enter the job market. Dubbed the re/Start programme, it is a free 12-week long course that offers cloud computing skills development and job training to unemployed youth.

The first cohort of learners have begun their 12-week long course, with The first cohort of graduates have completed their training and now Nedbank and AWS urging local employers to connect with graduates upon completion, as they look to put their newly acquired skills to use.

“Through scenario-based exercises, hands-on labs, and coursework, individuals build Linux, Python, networking, security, and relational database skills. The programme also focuses on ensuring that individuals develop professional skills such as adaptive communication, time management, resume building, as well as preparing them for employer meetings and interviews,” the pair explained in a press release sent to Hypertext.

This is also said to be part of an initiative by AWS to train 29 million learners across the globe for free by 2025. The re/Start programme is not the only cloud-based skills course that we have seen AWS announce locally in recent months either, with it partnering with GirlCode on a similar initiative, albeit over a longer and more focused period of time.

The financial institution notes that learners for the programme were selected from the 2021 Nedbank Youth Employment Service (YES) programme.

“These skills are especially needed in a world where technology expertise are falling short of the requirements as we move into a world in which the way of work will change forever, spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic that has decimated lives and economies across the world,” adds Bianca Swartz, Nedbank’s Cloud Migration and Transformation lead.

“AWS re/Start is more than just a training programme; it is a change-your-life initiative that helps individuals launch successful careers in the cloud. We are proud to work with Nedbank to equip the unemployed youth with the in-demand cloud skills that will help organisations accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud,” adds Tejas Vashi, AWS re/Start Global Team lead.

Local employers are encouraged to sign up at this url to register their interest in connecting with graduates, with more information on re/Start available here.

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