AWS-led initiative trains students on cloud technology

The World Bank, AWS and AGFE team up for the ‘Skills for The Future Initiative’

Cloud skills today are in high demand across all industries and have been identified by LinkedIn as the top skill that companies need most.
Cloud skills today are in high demand across all industries and have been identified by LinkedIn as the top skill that companies need most.

A two day training boot camp on AWS cloud technology has attracted students from 12 local institutes.

The World Bank, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), hosted the ‘Skills for The Future Initiative (SFI)’ at Zayed University in Dubai on June 19th and 20th.

“Investments in education and learning are critical to ensuring that the youth of MENA are prepared to tackle and fully leverage the digital transformation of the workplace to their advantage," said Andreas Blom, World Bank Education Manager for the Middle East and North Africa Region. “The UAE is among the early adopters of the World Bank Human Capital Project, and we are committed to helping harness the skills of the country's youth to prepare them for future employment.”

Cloud skills today are in high demand across all industries and have been identified by LinkedIn as the top skill that companies need most, for four years in a row. The students were introduced to the fundamentals of AWS technology with the AWS Technical Essentials Training course, which also covered key AWS services and how to navigate them. The course is part of AWS Educate, Amazon's global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed for cloud-related learning, and was delivered by AWS Training and Certification experts.

Zubin Chagpar, head of MEA, Public Sector at AWS, said, “AWS is very excited to be providing young students in the UAE with cloud technology training through AWS Educate, to help prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century. Cloud computing and digital skills are growing in demand and are key to driving innovation and economic growth. AWS will continue to invest in workforce development in the UAE and the Middle East through education and training programs to further support the growth of the region’s cloud adoption.”

A segment on soft skills training was delivered by Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), which is based on the Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Program, an online digital platform that prepares Emirati and Arab youth with the skills and knowledge needed to make successful transitions from high school to university and university to the workplace.

His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, chairman of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, noted, “AGFE is proud to support Emirati and Arab youth through the Young Thinkers Program and welcomes the collaboration with the World Bank and Zayed University on the Skills for The Future Initiative. Collaboration between sectors is key to preparing young Emiratis for the skills demanded by the future world of work.”

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