Editorial

Amazon teams up with MoD to help offer new career options

Amazon also joins the Armed Forces Covenant in partnership with MoD to help Armed Forces community get into the IT sector after their service

Posted 16 January 2017 by

Amazon’s Web Services arm is to offer a special programme to offer service leavers, military veterans, reservists, cadets and their spouses training to open up new career paths in IT.

With re:Start, AWS is to make technical classes and work experience placements available, with on-the-job training in cloud computing and how to architect, design, and develop cloud-based applications on offer.

The training will be delivered by AWS’s training partner QA Consulting, which means everyone leaving the Armed Forces could get support from the Ministry of Defence’s Career Transition Partnership scheme (CTP), set up to help learn new skills, and transfer the unique ones they have learnt from the Armed Forces into a new career. 85% of CTP graduates are claimed to have gone into full-time employment within six months of leaving their service, says the Ministry.

AWS re:Start training course leavers can expect to be eligible for many different technical positions to employers such as Amazon.co.uk, EDF Energy and Tesco Bank, who have all pledged their support to the programme, says Amazon and the MoD.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our Armed Forces community to gain cutting-edge technological skills fit for the modern workplace,” claimed Defence Minister Mark Lancaster.

The move accompanied AWS joining something called the Armed Forces Covenant, which the government set up to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Around 1,000 other employers are now signed up to the Covenant, described by Commander at Joint Forces Command General Sir Chris Deverell as recognising “the value Reservists, veterans, service leavers and their spouses can contribute to UK businesses” and which provides them with “a clear path for learning and applying some of the technology skills in most demand across industries”.

The first intake of participants for AWS re:Start is scheduled for March 27, 2017.