Is technology your next career move?
Find out with AWS re:Start training and job placements in the UK
It’s so embedded in our lives that we hardly even notice it’s there half the time but the booming technology sector offers great job opportunities as well as great gadgets. And it’s never been easier to give it a try, thanks to AWS re:Start, a free IT training, mentoring and job placement programme aimed at UK armed forces services leavers, veterans, reservists and their spouses.
Launched last January, the programme aims to equip participants with fundamental knowledge and skills to design, develop and implement cloud technologies. These skills are in increasing demand as more and more companies move their applications, data centres and even entire IT operations to the cloud. Working closely with the Ministry of Defence, QA Consulting, Experis and Sage, the training and job placement programme aims to prepare people for these roles.
The AWS re:Start programme is a full-time four-week bespoke training course designed to accommodate all levels of experience, so even those with no previous technical knowledge can sign up. The modules are curated by AWS in collaboration with IT training firm and AWS Authorised Training Partner (ATP) QA Consulting, which delivers the training course.
At the end of the four-week course, participants will have the opportunity to apply for work placements and go through a formal interview process with AWS customers and APN partners including major firms such as KPMG, Centrica, Rackspace and Virgin Money. Those who complete the programme will be eligible for a variety of technical roles with these companies, including everything from first line helpdesk support to cloud engineer.
AWS re:Start partner Sage provides a military mentor training programme for these employers to actively support the graduates that have been matched to a work placement, through their transition into the workplace.
What’s more, specialist recruitment firm Experis recently joined the programme to provide employability advice for AWS re:Start military participants. Experis is also helping graduates to get experience working at prominent UK organisations, on the way to a long-term career as an Experis Employed Consultant. Graduates working as Experis Employed Consultants receive a further two years of digital training, tailored to the individual’s specific careers goals.
Since the launch of AWS re:Start last year, numerous participants have completed the training programme, successfully transitioning into a career in technology. Stephen Davies, one of AWS re:Start’s most recent recruits is currently on a three-month placement as a cloud administrator with leading cloud provider Rackspace. Stephen served in the Royal Air Force for 18 years as a Logistics Driver before an injury led to a medical discharge. After discovering AWS re:Start at the Newark Career Fair, Stephen signed up for the four-week course, where he was first put in contact with Rackspace during a morning of employment presentations.
AWS re:Start is the ideal way to jumpstart a career in tech. Not only does it offer an introduction to the world of IT and cloud computing, but it also enables trainees to learn much sought after AWS skills that can help them secure full-time roles or even build their own start-up company. And most importantly, the programme is open to people from any background, no matter what their level of education or technical experience is. For those considering signing up for the programme, AWS is running a taster day on March 28 at its head office in Shoreditch, East London. For more information and to register visit, www.ctp.org.uk
“I think the AWS re:Start programme is an unparalleled opportunity for service leavers,” says Ross Boyd MBE, Head of Partnerships at Virgin Money. “When I left the military I didn’t know what I wanted to do, nor did I understand what an exciting, challenging and rewarding industry the digital space was. The military equips you with a huge array of transferable skills and AWS re:Start is the perfect introduction to this industry. I can say with all honesty that I wish I had this education as I kicked off my career at Virgin Money. Of all my friends and contacts I have that have made the transition in to a civilian work environment, none of them have received such a comprehensive and empowering education, for such a ‘hot’ market.”
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