Accenture and AWS Collaborate to Upskill Youth in India for Cloud Careers
BENGALERU; August 8, 2022 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is collaborating with AWS to help underemployed or unemployed people in India jump-start a career in cloud computing through AWS re/Start, a 12-week in-person skills development program which is offered free of charge and prepares learners for entry-level roles in areas such as IT operations, site reliability, and infrastructure support. It will also connect learners with potential employers and offer CV writing support and job interview coaching.
Accenture is funding the program and rolling it out in India through four non-profit organizations that are part of Accenture’s skills ecosystem in India: Anudip Foundation, Don Bosco Tech Society, Magic Bus Foundation and Hope Foundation. Accenture volunteers will also provide mentorship support to learners.
The first 12 cohorts of this program started in 11 cities including Kurnool, Trichy, Kochi, Punalur, Vijayawada, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
A recent study conducted by AlphaBeta and commissioned by AWS found that despite the predicted high demand for employees with cloud-based skills, almost half of workers in India (46%) are not convinced to acquire skills quickly enough to pursue their careers. The survey also revealed that a staggering 95% of employees and businesses face barriers to improving digital skills, and that underserved communities such as the rural population and women in India face to more challenges. With 27.3 million workers in India needing digital skills training in the next year alone, the report’s findings underscore the need for access to upskilling programs.
Kshitija Krishnaswamy, Managing Director – Corporate Citizenship, Accenture India, said, “At Accenture, we have a long-standing commitment to being a talent creator who develops skills to improve lives. Since 2010, we have enabled more than one million people in India, including young people and women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities, to find work or earn a living by equipping them with relevant skills. In addition to building skills at scale through collaboration with learning partners, one of the pillars of our efforts is to bridge the gap between skilled people and employers, and we use our extensive network and experience to help realize the tremendous opportunities offered by cloud technologies.
“The AWS re/Start program is a solution designed for people in need, their communities, and the organizations they work for. Our training program helps unemployed and underemployed people across India develop essential cloud skills and find on-demand cloud opportunities. We are proud to work with Accenture to build a diverse and strong workforce for the future and enable organizations to accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud,” said Amit Mehta, Business Development Manager for Education. and training, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited.
The program is open to unemployed and underemployed people, including those without prior technology experience. Participants will learn to develop programming language (Linux and Python), networking, security, and relational database skills through scenario-based exercises, hands-on labs, and lectures.
At the end of the program, participants have the opportunity to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam for free, validating their cloud skills with an industry-recognized benchmark.
To learn more about AWS re/Start, visit – https://aws.amazon.com/training/restart/
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