Unitar, AWS collaborate in cloud computing skills programme


UNITAR International University is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in providing free cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start programme.

The 12-week training programme prepares the unemployed or underemployed for careers in cloud computing and equip graduates with entry-level roles in cloud operations, site reliability and infrastructure support.

The first batch of the programme started in December 2021 and will graduate in March this year.

The unemployment rate in Malaysia is at 4.8% (768,700 people) as of Aug 9, 2021, while 85% employers want employees with cloud expertise. This need is expected to triple by 2025.

AWS Training and Certification in Asia head Andrew Sklar (picture; right) said the first cohort of the programme is open to individuals aged 20 to 56 from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, banking, education and general administration.

It aims to help 29 million people globally grow their cloud computing skills for free by 2025.

“Ultimately, AWS re/Start helps individuals prepare for roles in operations, site reliability and infrastructure support,” he said at the launch yesterday.

Participants will complete realworld-scenario-based exercises, hands-on labs and coursework to build Linux, Python, networking, security and relational database skills.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to undergo the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam to validate their cloud skills with an industry-recognised credential.

Other than that, graduates will be able to translate their expertise across cloud platforms by taking advantage of the learning objective ranging from IT foundations, AWS cloud and employability skills.

“We are just getting started in terms of growth of the re/Start programme in Malaysia and of course, more are kicking off across Asean,” Sklar added.

Meanwhile, Unitar has embarked on many transformative endeavours and is the first private university in Asia to receive five-star QS ranking for online learning.

Unitar Capital Sdn Bhd CEO Puvan Balachandran (left) said the university has a 96% graduates employability rate and secures the highest employability graduates through a poll conducted among employers.

“We try to understand future job needs and the demands of the work place to produce more employable graduates,” he said.

Puvan believed that the implementation of the AWS re/Start programme can help boost the Malaysian economy through elevating the knowledge in cloud space and harnessing the digital universe by leveraging the cloud computing skills.

“The AWS certificate will surely help validate employees’ level of learning and complement them with extra skills that are sought by employers.”

Working closely alongside Unitar on this initiative is Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (Perkeso) to connect learners with potential employers in search of candidates with a cloud computing skill set.

Furthermore, about 60% of the job placement in Perkeso requires IT and computing skills.