AWS launches cloud computing programme to encourage more girls in tech
The programme will make digital skills accessible to Year 8 students across the UK, introducing them to cloud computing, and inspiring them to consider a career in technology.
Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of ‘AWS Get IT’ – the company’s new initiative designed to introduce all Year 8 students (aged 12-13 year olds) in the UK to cloud computing and digital skills.
The company revealed that its main aim is to inspire more girls to consider a career in technology.
The programme, developed together with non-profit organisation Future Foundations, is set to educate students on cloud computing technology and then invite them to create an application to solve a real-world issue faced by their school or community.
AWS will shortlist 10 teams to present to an expert panel of judges at the AWS Summit London next year, where a winning team will be selected.
“AWS Get IT is an initiative for young people to engage with technology and learn valuable new digital skills,” said Andy Isherwood, Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA at AWS.
Time is precious, but news has no time. Sign up today to receive daily free updates in your email box from the Data Economy Newsroom.
“We want to make young people aware of the huge array of career opportunities available in the technology industry today, and show them they don’t have to be deeply technical to have a successful career.
“AWS Get IT highlights the many aspects of our lives that technology touches, and will introduce young people to a multitude of career options.”
As part of the AWS programme, students involved will attend digital skills bootcamps where they will learn about the different stages of developing software, including how to identify a target audience for their application, problem solving, brainstorming and research techniques, prototyping, and test and development.
The students will also be introduced to female leaders within AWS and other organisations to show them the different types of career paths available in technology and learn about the positive impact that women are having on the industry.
“This programme is about much more than providing digital skills. It’s about helping young people to fulfil their potential, and breaks down the stereotype that tech is a career best suited to men,” said Lucy Moses, Head of AWS Get IT for Future Foundations.
“AWS Get IT provides a strong foundation from which students can grow and learn and makes digital skills accessible to students across the country who may not have had the opportunity otherwise.”