Launch a career in technology with AWS re/start
About the programme
AWS re/Start is a free, full-time skills development programme to jump-start your career working in cloud computing.
AWS re/Start and PeoplePlus have teamed up to offer this free course to people living in Tees Valley. Through scenario-based learning, hands-on labs, and coursework, you will gain the skills you need for an entry-level cloud role. In the programme, you’ll also focus on professional skills such as adaptive communication, time management, CV building, and interview techniques. You will also learn cloud computing skills and prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification with free access to practice and full exams. After you pass the course, PeoplePlus will connect you with employers and help you move into your new working life.
Typical roles include entry-level cloud roles in operations, site reliability and infrastructure support. In these positions you will use Python scripts, support Linux operating systems, operate network infrastructures, deploy basic AWS core services and carry out initial troubleshooting.
A technology background is not required to apply and the programme is ideal for people who unemployed and are seeking new opportunities.
What your journey to the cloud will look like:
- Apply- register your interest with us
- Class begins!
- Prepare for interviews and employer meetings
- Advance your career!
What is cloud computing?
Below is a short video clip that will explain all about cloud computing.
What skills will I learn?
- How cloud computing works
- AWS Cloud skills
- How to use different programing languages
- Build skills aligned with AWS Certification – you’ll prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification
- Effective communication
- Problem solving
- Time management
You don’t need any existing experience or qualifications to be part of this training programme – hear more from programme graduate Javeriyah below, who became a Systems Engineer after completing re/Start.
Did you know?
£25 – £30K
Is the average starting salary for a Cloud engineer
Yes, the programme includes a fully accredited certificate as an AWS Cloud Practitioner.
FREE! Absolutely nothing to pay.
12 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
To be eligible for the programme you must be:
- 19 or older
- You must be claiming State Benefits (JSA, ESA, Income support or Universal Credit) or on a low income.
- Be a resident in the Tees Valley area
- We will carry out Initial Assessment to ensure the programme is right for you
- Have access to a computer and the internet
Navigate to the bottom of the page and fill in the form to register your interest.
Please note that it can take up to 2 weeks for your application to move onto the next stage of the process. If you have not heard back in 2 weeks then get in touch with us.
Your application was rejected as you have not met one of our programmes criteria’s OR not scored the minimum number of points on a test in the application cycle. Please ensure that you review the eligibility criteria on the Programme page. Common reasons for why you may have been rejected are because on the application you have selected an option that means you:
• Do not live in the Tees Valley area
• Are currently working over 16 hours per week
• Will be in full-time education or training at the start of the programme
• Do not have the right to live and work in the UK
• Are not available for the full duration of the programme
• Are not able to start a job straight after the programme is complete
• Did not score the minimum number of points on one of our tests/tasks to move onto the next stage
Unfortunately, as of now this program is only for individuals who can legally work in the UK and are resident in the Tees Valley area.
After you have successfully completed our training, we provide placement assistance by helping schedule interview(s) with hiring employer(s)
No IT/Tech experience is required to be eligible for the programme.
Fill out the form below to register your interest and find out more!
I really enjoyed the practical work. We might be working on a terminal, which provides a text-based interface for command instructions, or we would use a sandbox environment, which gives you a blank canvas to test and experiment with code. In my day-to-day work, when faced with a certain challenges, I’ll remember something from the course, which helps me to approach it. That’s the benefit of troubleshooting real-world problems – you learn by doing.
In the first week we had a series of workshops that were about being persistent and proactive. We used role plays to act out challenging scenarios and would present our ideas back to the class. Learning those skills in a safe, fun environment was invaluable.
I have the opportunity to talk to colleagues in other teams to learn about the different paths within tech. It’s helping me think about where I might be able to take my career in the future. That technique of asking the right questions is something I learned from AWS re/Start.
When you see young people like me struggling for employment, you start to ask: is it a skills gap, or an opportunity gap? There are so many talented young people out there who are continuously overlooked, so I really appreciate employers who choose to participate in programmes like this and give young people a chance.
AWS rebuilt my confidence. I took a major hit because of COVID-19, but having a career in cloud computing really opened a whole new journey for me, and the confidence to do it.