re/Start Program in Malaysia AWS First Step in ASEAN – Tech Wire Asia

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  • AWS re/Start program enters ASEAN via Malaysian gateway
  • Targets non-traditional members of the talent pool for development

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) re/Start program has entered the ASEAN market, offering its certification course through Southeast Asia’s first virtual university, UNITAR International University, based in Malaysia.

This program, offered free to participants in 38 countries, is a 12-week training course that certifies unemployed or underemployed individuals for cloud careers and connects them with potential employers, creating a pool of talent. diverse non-traditional talents in the cloud.

According to Andrew Sklar, AWS Training and Certification Manager for Asia Pacific and Japan, the program in Malaysia will provide cloud skills training to those “outside the traditional talent pools that technology organizations are turning to.” , non-traditional learners who otherwise wouldn’t really be part of a cloud talent pool.”

“re/Start is a skills development program that prepares these learners for entry-level cloud careers,” Sklar said, adding that program graduates are typically hired in roles such as operating the cloud. cloud, site reliability, infrastructure support, technical or adjacent services. business support functions, among others.

The AWS curriculum includes hands-on experience


AWS UNITAR re/Start upskilling initiative

Throughout the program, students will also undergo hands-on labs and exercises based on real-life scenarios in addition to their coursework, a mix of technical and soft skills, with computer basics such as the necessary basics of Linux, network, basic data, and the basics of security, as well as the basics of programming.

To learn more about the cloud, the program provides cloud fundamentals, cloud security, architecture, support services, tooling and automation, and service lessons basics and operations of AWS systems.

Communication skills, project management, teamwork and collaboration, as well as the dos and don’ts of networking and establishing a digital presence, are the employability skills to complement the program.

The first cohort in Malaysia began training in December 2021 and will graduate in March 2022, graduating 25 people from a variety of backgrounds ranging from teaching to customer service.

Government support

Working closely with UNITAR on this development initiative, the Social Security Organization or Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO), a government agency under the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources. PERKESO will connect learners with potential employers looking for candidates with cloud computing skills.

“UNITAR’s vision is to accelerate innovative solutions in a global learning ecosystem for a sustainable future, which will aim to be delivered through its mission to create highly employable and enterprising global citizens.”

“It aligns with the program’s mission to help unemployed and underemployed people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to technical education develop the skills they need for entry-level cloud positions.” , said Puvan Balachandran, CEO of UNITAR.

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