Amazon Web Services to train 10,000 students drawn from 10 higher education institutions in Kenya

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon subsidiary, and the Kenya Information Communication Technology (ICT-A), a state corporation under the Ministry of ICT, have announced plans to upskill 10,000 students using AWS Academy. AWS Academy is an AWS program that empowers higher education institutions to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications and careers in the cloud.

Beginning in June, students can enroll in ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares them to pursue industry recognized certifications and in-demand jobs. The curriculum also helps educators stay at the forefront of AWS Cloud innovation so that they can equip students with the skills they need to get hired in one of the fastest-growing industries. Upon completion of the AWS program, students will be ready to put these practical cloud skills to work in entry-level tech roles. As cloud adoption has accelerated, companies large and small around the world are investing in their future with the cloud and need individuals with cloud skills to help them achieve their goals. In fact, according to LinkedIn data, cloud computing is one of the top hard skills companies need.

(TOP: Left to right: AWS Regional Lead for sub-Saharan africa, Robin Njiru; PS for ICT and Digital Economy Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui; and ICT Authority CEO, Stanley Kamanguya at Connected Kenya 2023 held in Diani. AWS is set to train 10,000 students, across 10 higher education institutions in Kenya, on AWS Academy in 2023).

Speaking during the announcement at Connected Kenya 2023 held in Diani, ICT Authority CEO, Stanley Kamanguya said: “One of our mandates as ICT Authority is to promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise. In our 10-year ICT Digital Masterplan 2022-2032, we identified that there is a gap in the non-alignment to the industry needs by universities and colleges. 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.”

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

AWS aims to work together with organizations, education institutions, and governments to empower individuals along different professional journeys to upskill, reskill, and prepare for high-quality jobs. AWS invites collaborations with like-minded training organizations that have capacity to roll out cloud training especially in remote areas. In doing so, AWS hopes to support the creating of a more inclusive industry that prepares learners of all backgrounds to become the builders of tomorrow.

Robin Njiru, the Regional Public Sector Lead for West, East, and Central Africa at AWS said, “During the Connected Kenya 2022 summit, the Government of Kenya launched its ten-year ICT Digital Masterplan 2022-2032. The program we are announcing today with ICT Authority will see AWS Academy provide a curriculum that helps educators at universities stay at the forefront of cloud innovation so that they can equip students with skills needed to get hired in one of the fastest-growing industries. The overall objective of this program is to have more individuals that have job-ready skills needed in the workplace and eventually support the Government of Kenya in realizing a digitally enabled society which is a key outcome in ICT Digital Masterplan 2022-2032”.

To connect students with employment opportunities, AWS is working with several organisations like Gebeya, a Pan African start-up which hosts a custom platform on AWS that is accessible online to all citizens who want to pursue technology career paths and find jobs. Amadou Daffe, Gebeya’s CEO and Founder of Gebeya 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.”

Since 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 99 Availability Zones within 31 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Millions of customers – including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.


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