Amazon launches two-year cloud qualification

Launched in partnership with the Career Colleges Trust, AWS Educate will prepare students for jobs in cloud architecture and data science.

A new two-year cloud qualification has been announced by the Career Colleges Trust and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS Educate will launch early 2020 and will be made available to FE colleges and universities across the UK. The pre-university qualification will prepare students for entry-level jobs in cloud architecture and data science.

Credits from the qualification can also be used towards a  bachelor’s degree.

The charitable trust offers accreditation to providers that prepare students for future careers in the tech sector. The new programme of study will debut in Barking and Dagenham College, one of the trust’s digital careers colleges. The FEI has also been selected as one of the government’s Institutes of Technology.

As more companies migrate across to cloud storage, a skills gap has emerged as too few newly qualified students level education with the right training.

Bev Jones, CEO of the Career Colleges Trust, said: “Having worked with AWS over the past three years, we together identified the need for high quality cloud-based training. We are delighted to now be rolling out this exciting and much needed qualification across both our own Digital Career Colleges – and much wider into other universities and colleges – across the UK.”

Ken Eisner, head of AWS Educate for Amazon Web Services, said: “Building a cloud-ready workforce is an urgent challenge and an unprecedented opportunity. Through the commitment of the Career Colleges Trust and their innovative member institutions, we are excited to take our cloud computing academic programme to the UK. It is the first time the programme has been delivered outside of the US.”