Our Amazon in the Community programme strives to help young people reach their full potential in today’s digital society and economy. It aims to do this by creating a positive environment for children and supporting young people in developing essential skills and finding and developing their career. In support of this ambition, Amazon Web Services is today launching a new programme called AWS re:Start.

AWS re:Start will provide free training and job placements to help 1,000 out of work young people as well as military veterans, reservists and their spouses, to launch a career in technology. Those interested can sign up for the programme at https://aws-restart.com.

AWS re:Start is designed to support people with differing levels of experience – even those with no previous technical knowledge can sign up and will get the fundamental knowledge needed to immediately start working with the latest cloud technologies. The training has been customised by QA Consulting, an AWS Partner Network (APN) Training Partner, and will be taught by AWS-certified instructors who have in-depth technical knowledge of the AWS services and exceptional training delivery skills. Additionally, The Prince’s Trust, will support students with mentoring, soft work skills, and help in applying for jobs including resume writing and interview skills.

As part of AWS re:Start participants will be offered work placements at some of the UK’s most innovative companies. To date, we have more than 30 AWS customers and APN partners committed to offering participants of the AWS re:Start programme job placements. Organisations that have already pledged job placements include Amazon.co.uk, Annalect, ARM, Claranet, Cloudreach, Direct Line Group, EDF Energy, Funding Circle, KCOM, Sage, Tesco Bank and Zopa.

Karen Bradley, UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, said: “Increasing digital skills in the UK is a major priority for the Government, and we are working to make sure that everyone has the skills they need. We welcome the launch of AWS re:Start, which is a fantastic initiative bringing together employers from different sectors and providing the foundation on which they can continue to train and grow the UK’s digital workforce.”

The Amazon in the Community programme supports a number of charities and initiatives, ranging from funding the Magic Breakfast charity to provide 3,800 disadvantaged children with 700,000 healthy breakfasts in the 2016-2017 school year, through to supporting the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary, providing financial and career support to female computer science students at Cambridge, Edinburgh and Kings College London universities, as well as supporting over 1,600 children’s and other charities through more than £1.2 million in product donations to In Kind Direct.