Digital skills are a necessity for most employees in the digital age, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, as more interactions and business operations have shifted online, and cloud computing has become a survival tool for enterprises to digitally transform. According to the AWS Report 2021, the number of workers applying digital skills will increase by over five-fold from 149 million workers today to 819 million workers in 2025. Singapore, in particular, would require 1.2 million digital workers by 2025, up 55% from 2020, including non-digital workers who would need to reskill and new entrants to the workforce.
To address this talent shortage and bridge the digital divide, since June 2022, Amazon Web Services (AWS), in collaboration with Lithan Academy – a subsidiary under eduCLaaS, launched AWS re/Start, helping people to launch careers ‘in the cloud’. The programme was launched under the Career Conversion Programme for Cloud Professionals – AWS Cloud Specialist by Workforce Singapore (WSG).
AWS is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centres globally. Under the partnership with digital skilling platform eduCLaaS, the programme covers fundamental AWS Cloud skills and practical career tips, including interviewing and resume writing. Through real-world, scenario-based exercises, labs, and coursework, learners with no prior experience in cloud computing will be trained to use Linux, Python, networking, security, and relational database skills.
On 28th Oct 2022, eduCLaaS also organised a Recruitment Drive, attracting 5 employers and 21 prospective learners. Employers participated was StarHub, China Mobile, Ensign Infosecurity, Sky & F and KG Sowers. This was one of many initiatives by eduCLaaS to help individuals to find the right job at the right place with the right support and guidance. Participants were provided with information on skills and experience required by leading Cloud Companies as well as provided employment opportunities, accompanied by a Panel Talk led by industry experts from Lithan Academy, AWS and hiring companies.
On how re/Start can help both employers and employees meet the demand of the digital economy, StarHub’s Head of Talent Acquisition and Shared Services – Ms. Wendy Yeo shared at the event “In today’s digital economy, we could no longer afford to focus on job experiences alone, as it is as important to build future-ready skill sets. AWS re/Start empowers mid-career individuals, who are keen to transition into the cloud computing profession, to acquire the fundamental skills to enter an innovative fast-growing domain and build a successful career."
Lithan drives to close the digital skills gaps by sponsoring 50 individuals under Lithan own’s Train and Place programme by which learners will be trained with cloud skills by Lithan and then placed into employment. This initiative is an extension to Singapore’s Place and Train in which individual will be placed into employment then got trained under CCP programmes which Lithan Academy is the sole training provider in cloud technology. In addition, the careers builder workshops are also organised along the way to help learners find their dream jobs.
Zalizam Bin Mat Hashim, hired as a Cloud Engineer with Cloud Kinetics shared his experience with the programme so far: ‘The start of the AWS re/Start programme with Lithan also embarked a new milestone for my career. Being a non-IT individual at the time, I quickly got interviews with potential employers with support from Lithan and soon secured myself a position at Cloud Kinetics as Cloud Engineer. The journey is amazing so far. The course is well-structured in a very conducive way for IT beginners like myself, and the instructors are very knowledgeable and supportive too. I am impressed with how patient they are with our enquiries. Thanks Lithan and AWS re/Start programme, for making it all happen.'
Learn more about our programme at AWS Restart Program (lithan.com)
About Amazon Web Services
For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud 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 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. 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. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com
eduCLaaS is a Pan-Asia Digital Skilling Platform which aims to deliver talent and enterprise growth with CLaaS® for inclusive digital economy transformation. We connect higher education students, working adults, enterprises, employers, and post-secondary institutions for digital upskilling, digital career induction, and digital workforce development.
CLaaS® delivers Competency Learning as a Service to bridge the digital skills gap with competency-based curriculum, work-based learning pedagogy and blended work2learn journey. CLaaS® courses have received accreditations from education regulatory bodies and over 100 international universities.
eduCLaaS, with a network of 100+ campuses, has served over 50,000+ learners, and 2000+ enterprises across Asia with CLaaS®.
Find out more about eduCLaaS at https://www.educlaas.com/