Connecting with Careers in Tech07/12/21
A new employability programme in Dundee is aiming to connect people without work to training for careers in the local technology sector.
The Amazon Web Services re/Start initiative has been launched as part of the recent Dundee Digital Fortnight and has 50 spaces available between two groups for courses in December and January.
A call is going out for people to apply for places as soon as possible with full details available here
The courses start on either December 15 or January 10.
Organisers stress that those wanting to take part in the free course do not need any knowledge of digital technology, they just need to be keen to learn.
Successful applicants will undergo 12 weeks of hands-on, industry-certified learning on cloud computing.
They will be taught day-one ready skills to start a career in technology, be connected with local employers and also supported with CVs and interview coaching.
Councillor Steven Rome, depute city development convener at Dundee City Council, is encouraging local people to apply for places.
He said: “There is huge potential in Dundee’s digital sector for the future and I am keen that as many people as possible can play their part.
“Through the Dundee Digital Fortnight organised by city partners, we highlighted the skills that people will need to take on exciting opportunities.
“This AWS re/Start programme offers excellent training for people without work and I would urge anyone who is interested to apply soon.”
Chris van der Kuyl, one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs in the technology, media, gaming and entertainment sectors, supported the aims of the Dundee Digital Fortnight at its launch last month.
He said at the launch: “The global games industry is bigger by revenue than every other entertainment sector combined and Dundee has more games developers per head of the population than anywhere else in the world. We have a real opportunity to lead the way in this and other technology-based sectors but it will require a focus on developing skills and talent over the next decade and beyond. “
According to Total Jobs, the average salary per year for Cloud Computing in Scotland is currently £57,499 and over the past two years, there has been an increase of 25% in the number of technology jobs in Scotland.
Claire Spiller, Senior Manager, AWS re/Start, EMEA, said: “Employers tell us that there aren’t enough people with digital skills in the local area. AWS re/Start aims to create positive, regional social impact by re-skilling local people.
“The free-to-access programme builds a new pipeline of technical, cloud talent, by providing in-demand tech knowledge and skills to capable, local people.
“We have engaged with employers from Dundee and the wider area to share more information, and explore how AWS re/Start can help them to hire the right people to help their digital teams and wider business to thrive.”
The re/Start partner delivering the course is Primed Talent.
Navin Kumar, Managing Director at Primed Talent, said: “AWS re/Start’s hyperlocal focus is an effective way to cater for local business requirements – and the best part is that these professionals do not require any prior technology experience!”
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