AWS Introduces New Resources for Free Cloud Computing Training Program

By Luke Bellos, Editor, TMCnet  |  November 24, 2021

Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) recently announced the release of four new resources for the AWS free cloud computing training program, offering educational services to individuals looking to further their technical knowledge and expand career opportunities.

According to AWS representatives, the four new upgrades to the program  include AWS Skillbuilder (a digital learning resource), additional courses on the Amazon.com (News - Alert) webpage, an expanded version of the AWS re/Start global reskilling program, and the newly created AWS Skills Center, a in-person cloud computing training center.

With these new additions, Amazon executives hope to thoroughly educate anyone with the necessary skills to master the complexities of cloud computing.

“Our goal is to empower anyone with a desire to learn by giving them access to the tools necessary to excel in cloud computing careers. Over the next decade, we expect the adoption of cloud computing across every industry will fuel a vast number of new jobs, which is why we are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop online courses, local in-person reskilling programs, and new ways to make it easy for anyone to learn cloud skills,” said Maureen Lonergan, VP of Training and Certification at AWS.

The program originally commenced in the winter of 2020, with AWS launching an initiative to offer free cloud computing education to 29 million people by 2025. AWS claims the program has been highly successful so far, with a program study showing 86% of participating students reported greater efficiency in doing their jobs. Researchers also discovered 84% of surveyed employers noticed improvements in worker retention.

“By 2025, 97 million new roles will emerge due to increasing digitization,” commented Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. “Skills are the currency of the future, and businesses and government must urgently work together to prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow. When organizations like Amazon provide workforce programs for the public, they contribute to creating increased opportunities for individuals and communities around the world.”