AWS Sets Goal to Train 29 Million People on Cloud By 2025

Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is responding to rising demand for cloud computing skills, has announced a plan to offer free cloud training to millions around the globe.
Teresa Carlson, head Worldwide Public Sector at AWS was the first to discuss the initiative during the ongoing virtual re-Invent conference. It builds on AWS’ previous commitment to invest $700 million in “upskilling 100,000 Amazon employees” — approximately a third of its U.S workforce.
Carlson describes AWS’ new plan to invest “hundreds and millions of dollars” in cloud training programs that will reach 29 million people in more than 200 countries by 2025.
Carlson gave a few examples of how AWS plans to fulfill its promise. AWS plans to expand its existing teaching portals, AWS Training & Certification (aimed at IT professionals) and AWS Educate, which are aimed at students and educators. Carlson stated that these portals offer more than 500 courses and labs, as well as training sessions, at no cost. However, AWS plans to add more in the future.
According to Carlson, AWS plans to expand its re/Start program availability to “underrepresented communities.” AWS re/Start aims to help “unemployed or underemployed people” acquire the skills necessary to be eligible for entry-level cloud jobs. AWS re/Start courses can be intensive and take place in a classroom setting for multiple days per week for 12 weeks. AWS provides support for participants in resume-writing and interviewing as well as connecting them with potential employers.
Currently, re/Start can be found in 25 cities and 12 other countries. Carlson stated that the planned expansion would double the number cities by next year and increase the diversity of the students.
Carlson also stated that AWS will pilot new training programs similar its two-day AWS Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing Certificate program as well as the AWS Machine Learning Academy.
Carlson stated in a prepared statement that Amazon focuses on creating innovative programs that have a lasting and positive impact on the communities in which it operates. “Amazon is focused upon building innovative programs that have an ongoing, positive impact on the communities in which it operates, and designing STEM programs and skills training programs are central parts of this approach.” “We will continue to increase access to skills training to give anyone who wishes to improve their cloud skills the tools they need.”