Working in the IT cloud a reality for Wintec students

Wintec now offers AWS training for the growing IT cloud workforce

Cloud computing is soaring in popularity and there’s high demand for qualified professionals.

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) has now joined AWS Academy, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) programme designed to deliver training to prepare students to become part of the growing cloud IT workforce.

“To enter the sought-after world of cloud computing, IT professionals need the right skillsets. The AWS Academy programme helps students develop technical skills to position them well for the future IT workforce,” says Aaron Steele, Director, Centre for Information Technology at Wintec.

Cloud computing has been described as one of the biggest culture shifts in IT, requiring a change in mindset and trained IT professionals who understand what it means to be “cloud native”.

Wintec IT students can now enrol in a foundational AWS Academy course that will prepare them for careers in the rapidly growing cloud computing space and help them pursue industry-recognised AWS certifications. The first intake starts in February 2020.

The AWS Academy curriculum is developed and maintained by AWS subject matter experts, ensuring it is up to date and reflects current services and best practises. Courses are taught by AWS Academy accredited and trained educators.

Aaron adds that some of the most in-demand roles that require cloud-related skills include software engineer, software architect, cloud engineer, data engineer and Java developer.

“In New Zealand, technology is our third largest export sector generating $7.9 billion in offshore revenue and yet the workforce is made up of only 120,000 employees,” says Tim Dacombe-Bird, New Zealand Country Manager, Amazon Web Services Inc. 

“One of the ways we are helping to address the IT skills shortage in New Zealand is through the AWS Academy programme by working with higher education institutions such as Wintec to prepare the next generation for in-demand cloud roles.”

The AWS Academy courses will be delivered at Wintec in a flexible format with a combination of self-paced online videos followed by class presentations, exercises and hands-on practical learning.

Modules are available online so that students may access them on their own device.

Find out more about the range of IT courses at Wintec.

Find out more about cloud jobs in New Zealand.

About Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.