Sunday, October 22, 2017

Amazon to teach cloud computing skills to US veterans

Apprenticeship program signed with government following  CEO Jeff Bezos pledge to hire 25,000 veterans and their wives in five years.

The US Department of Labor (DoL) has signed an agreement with Amazon to create an apprenticeship program to train and prepare American veterans for new technical careers.

Veterans will be taken into Amazon to learn the ropes of cloud with AWS and other technologies.

The agreement follows Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos pledge to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses until 2021 and training 10,000 more in cloud computing skills as part of former-First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces Initiative”.

The first cohort of apprentices under the new agreement will be trained for AWS’ Cloud Support Associate role, the DoL announced.

The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the department’s national headquarters attended by Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor Chris Lu and Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition at Amazon Web Services.

Deputy Secretary Lu said: “We are pleased that Amazon is joining the remarkable group of forward-looking organisations that are pursuing innovations in apprenticeship for the 21st century.

“Partnerships like this one have reinvigorated our nation’s apprenticeship system, creating opportunity and pathways to prosperity for hundreds of thousands of Americans that will last for years to come.”

According to a statement by the DoL, to date, more than 200 employers, colleges, and labour organisations have signed on to be ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS by starting or expanding their own work-based learning programs and encouraging their peers to follow.

“Employers in the LEADERS program have pledged to work together to create nearly 20,000 new apprenticeship positions,” the body said.

In fiscal year 2016, more than 206,000 individuals entered the apprenticeship system.

The DoL said: “Apprenticeship can play a vital role in addressing many of today’s skills challenges.”