10,000 Kenyan Students to Receive Cloud Computing Training from Amazon Web Services in 2023

AWS and the ICT Authority have announced a new partnership that aims to upskill 10,000 Kenyan students using AWS Academy, an AWS program that equips higher education institutions to prepare students for careers in the cloud. The program will begin in June and allow students to enroll in a cloud computing curriculum that helps them to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand jobs. By completing the program, students will be prepared to take on entry-level tech roles and put their practical cloud skills to work.

Cloud computing has become an increasingly important skillset for companies worldwide, and LinkedIn data shows that it is one of the top hard skills that companies need. The new partnership seeks to bridge the gap between academia and industry by providing students with the skills they need to secure jobs in one of the fastest-growing industries. It will also help educators stay up-to-date with AWS Cloud innovation and equip them with the tools to help students succeed.

Speaking at Connected Kenya 2023 in Diani, ICT Authority CEO, Mr. Stanley Kamanguya said, “One of our mandates as ICT Authority is to promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation, and enterprise. The program we are announcing today with AWS aims to bridge this gap between academia and industry. We are very excited to roll this out and look forward to further expanding the opportunity to students in other tertiary institutions.”

To ensure that educators are equipped with the necessary skills, Computer Learning Centre (CLC), an AWS Training Partner in East, West, and South Africa, will deliver AWS Training on foundational and associate levels to a group of educators. The educators will then deliver AWS Academy to 10 public universities across Kenya. CEO of CLC Africa, Aunally Maloo, said, “We at CLC are honored to support ICT Authority’s mission to train and certify 10,000 young people through AWS Academy.”

AWS is committed to working with organizations, education institutions, and governments to empower individuals along different professional journeys to upskill, reskill, and prepare for high-quality jobs. To achieve this, AWS invites collaborations with like-minded training organizations that have the capacity to roll out cloud training, particularly in remote areas. This approach aims to support the creation of a more inclusive industry that prepares learners of all backgrounds to become the builders of tomorrow.

To connect students with employment opportunities, AWS is working with several organizations like Gebeya, a Pan African start-up that hosts a custom platform on AWS accessible online to all citizens who want to pursue technology career paths and find jobs. Gebeya’s CEO and Founder, Amadou Daffe, said, “At Gebeya, we are aiming to train and certify at least 5,000 students within the first year. Our academy and job platform is a critical conduit for facilitating economic growth, fostering innovation, and empowering the next generation of tech leaders by bridging the gap between skills acquisition and employment opportunities. At Gebeya, we recognize the importance of this link and are committed to providing an integrated platform that connects top-tier tech talent with the world’s most exciting companies like AWS.”

Overall, the partnership between AWS and the ICT Authority is a significant step towards closing the skills gap and empowering Kenya’s youth to pursue high-quality jobs in the cloud industry. The program will provide students with the necessary skills to succeed in a fast-growing industry and help educators stay up to date with AWS Cloud innovation. By bridging the gap between academia and industry, the program will also support the creation of a more inclusive industry that prepares learners of all backgrounds to become the builders of tomorrow.

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