A partnership between educational publishers Pearson and AWS Educate has developed the world’s first cloud computing Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Higher National qualifications at Levels 4 and 5.
While BTEC Higher Nationals are globally acknowledged qualifications granted by colleges and universities in more than 60 countries, these are the first to centre on the in-demand subject of cloud computing. According to LinkedIn’s annual survey, cloud computing has been listed as the number one skill sought by companies for the past four years.
“There is a real industry need for qualifications such as these around the world, and we are pleased to be helping to fill a skills gap in a growing field,” said Gary Gates, senior VP for global business (Pearson VUE) and UK higher education.
“The COVID-19 situation has made technology all the more important in our lives, particularly cloud computing, which enables us to continue our digital lives through various applications,” added Gates.
Both Pearson and AWS Educate hope the programmes will help to support a cloud-savvy generation, arming future workers with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed as cloud computing professionals or to pursue higher level degrees related to the topic.
While the Level 4 qualification instils the fundamentals of the discipline, the Level 5 Diploma allows students to specialise in cloud support, cybersecurity or software development.
The qualifications are set to be rolled out across the UK and worldwide later this year, and will be taught at new and existing Pearson Approved Centres.