Goanna Solutions, a leading Indigenous Australian-owned enterprise, is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch AWS re/Start in Australia. AWS re/Start is a full-time, digital skills training program that prepares unemployed, underemployed, and people in between work for careers in cloud computing, and connects them to potential employers.

With more than 1 million Australians predicted to be unemployed due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever for local industry to work together to help people transition to new careers. According to the 2019 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report, nearly 80 per cent of IT decision-makers see hiring as a challenge. Additionally, according to LinkedIn, cloud computing skills such as Machine Learning (ML) and data analytics were the most in-demand hard skills sought after by employers in 2019.

Goanna Solutions is experienced in developing programs encouraging underrepresented communities into careers in STEM, and in collaboration with AWS, will deliver the AWS re/Start program.

The program supports students with integrated training including technical, behavioural and mindset skills, mentoring, social support services, job application, and interview preparation, and is focused on addressing the cloud skills gap and building an inclusive and diverse pipeline of cloud talent in entry-level roles.

Through Goanna Solutions’ established relationships and networks with Indigenous communities and organisations, AWS re/Start will help to enable diverse future cloud talent and successful cloud careers.

AWS re/Start will be delivered as part of Goanna Solutions’ Yapang initiative. ‘Yapang’ translates as ‘pathways’ from the Dunghutti Aboriginal language. Yapang addresses and matches the needs of two groups:

  • Unemployed and underemployed individuals who have an aptitude for cloud skills, but have not traditionally had access to opportunities to develop a career in cloud computing
  • Organisations looking to grow their cloud talent and build a diverse workforce

The first AWS re/Start cohort, which commenced in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane last week, will provide members of the community with the opportunity to complete 12 weeks of virtual classroom-based training led by an AWS-accredited instructor at no cost.

The program prepares learners to pursue the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, which validates an individual’s overall understanding of cloud technology with an industry-recognised credential while practising problem solving based on real-world situations and hands-on lab exercises.

AWS re/Start students receive a study guide, access to instructors, a complementary exam voucher to take the certification exam at no cost to the learner, and additional resources to help them continue their independent study.

Liam Harte, Goanna Solutions Social Impact Lead said, “It is exciting to collaborate with AWS to launch AWS re/Start through our Yapang Initiative. We are committed to fostering a more diverse and inclusive technology sector and creating new opportunities for our graduates as they become entry-level cloud practitioners. Initiatives like these provide a wide range of people with a new option to explore a career in cloud computing and secure long term employment.”

“The AWS re/Start program enables us to invest in local talent by providing accessible technology skills development and job opportunities to the entire community. We are making training available to people who may have never even considered a career in technology, which will help build skills to support the economy,” said Adam Beavis, Managing Director for Commercial Services in Australia and New Zealand at AWS.

“Cloud skills are in higher demand than ever before, and it is our mission to enable all students, as well as the current workforce to help organisations meet their hiring needs for qualified skilled professionals.”

AWS re/Start builds an inclusive and diverse global pipeline of new cloud talent by focusing on unemployed, underemployed, and people in between work. It has now expanded globally with program sites in the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, France, Canada, and now Australia.

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