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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is celebrating the successful first year of AWS re/Start, a no-cost, cohort-based workforce development training program that prepares individuals for careers in the cloud and connects them to potential employers.

Currently operating in 180 cities across 60 countries worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Tunisia, Iraq and Palestine, the program is part of AWS’s effort to train 29 million people in cloud computing skills by 2025 and connects participants with employment opportunities with local employers.

AWS re/Start is a unique curriculum that provides no-cost cloud skills training that supports learners in building a skill set that aligns with the needs of some of the region’s most in-demand tech jobs. Through coursework and hands-on labs using real-world scenarios, learners can gain the technical skills they need for cloud roles. AWS re/Start works with different collaborating organizations across the MENA region that share its mission of building a diverse global pipeline of entry- to mid-level trained talent. 

AWS re/Start curriculum is adapted to meet learners where they are in their learning journey, with desired objectives and learning modalities. Through scenario-based exercises and instructor-led sessions, learners build Linux, Python, networking, security, databases, automation and core AWS Cloud skills.

Learners receive job-specific training for roles such as technical support specialist, systems administrator, cloud automation lead, infrastructure engineer and more. AWS re/Start also provides learners with professional skills, including effective communication, collaboration, resume writing and interview coaching, to prepare them for employer meetings and interviews.

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