Understanding The Cloud Skills Gap in Utah
According to LinkedIn, cloud computing is the number one most in-demand hard skill for the last five years and two AWS certifications appear on the top 10 list by Global Knowledge. Data from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) identified 40,657 unique job postings in Utah requiring cloud computing skills in 2019, and more than 10 percent of those jobs specifically requested AWS skills. A select number of Utahns currently hold an AWS Certification, creating a significant skills gap for local employers interested in hiring technical talent to fill open roles.
A Collaborative Effort between AWS and Talent Ready Utah
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Talent Ready Utah have agreed to collaborate together in bringing AWS cloud training and certification resources to the students of Utah! Those students who complete AWS courses and achieve AWS certifications will be prepared to compete for highly in-demand entry-level cloud jobs right here in Utah! The Talent Ready Utah team will be reaching out to every K12 career and technical education school and to every Higher Education technology college, community college, and university in the state to participate in one of two official AWS education programs: The AWS Academy and/or the AWS Educate program.
The AWS Academy Program (Available to Higher Education Schools Only)
The AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with to no-cost, ready-to-teach, cloud computing curriculum that prepares students for foundational and more advanced industry-recognized AWS certifications in preparation to compete for a variety of in-demand cloud jobs on AWS. Educators at participating institutions will receive virtual instructor training taught by AWS experts and access to a limited number of AWS Certification exams at no cost as they qualify to become AWS Academy accredited educators. Students can also access self-paced online training courses and labs directly from AWS. Educators and students in this program will also receive discounts towards AWS Certification exams.
- For more information about the AWS Academy program and related benefits, please visit https://aws.amazon.com/training/awsacademy/
- If your school would like to join the AWS Academy program, please contact the Talent Ready Utah office for application details at: (Phone and Email).
The AWS Educate Program (Available to K12 CTE Schools and Higher Education Schools)
Students and educators in K-12 and higher education will have access to the AWS Educate program, Amazon’s global initiative to provide schools with no-cost resources and support to customize or create certificate or degree programs for building skills that align to careers in cloud computing. Under this program, Utah’s K12 career and technical education schools will have access to a customizable curriculum designed specifically for K12 students to prepare them in completing the AWS foundational cloud computing certification. Utah K-12 career and technical education sites may also access AWS Educate for foundational-level content focused on real-world, applied learning experiences in fields such as voice recognition, gaming, artificial intelligence, and more.
- For more information about the AWS Educate program and related benefits, please visit https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/
- If your school would like to join the AWS Educate program, please contact the Talent Ready Utah office for application details at: (Phone and Email).
We look forward to implementing these important in-demand AWS education programs in our K12 CTE and Higher Ed schools statewide!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask questions. We are here to serve you!
The Talent Ready Utah Team