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Datacom, Nextgen Group, Spark, CCL and Leaven are among the local tech industry players stepping up to get new recruits into the tech industry, as part of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) ongoing re/Start programme.

AWS flagged a mission to double down on its training efforts in New Zealand in mid-May, the move coming as the cloud giant opened a new, larger office for itself in the Commercial Bay building in downtown Auckland.

“Last week, we launched the AWS re/Start digital skills programme in New Zealand,” Nick Walton, AWS New Zealand managing director, said at the time. “People who are unemployed or underemployed, particularly within the Māori and Pacific communities, will gain cloud skills by taking part in a free 12-week full-time skills training programme.    

“Delivered in collaboration with Te Pūkenga, a national network of vocational education and training brought together by the New Zealand government, we look forward to providing an update on this programme when this first cohort graduates,” he added.

Now, the first student cohort from the programme in New Zealand has completed the 12-week, skills-based training programme, graduating with pathways to pursue careers in technology.

Every graduate from the first cohort has been matched with an internship at local IT organisations, including Datacom and The Instillery, with the aim to interview for a full-time position upon completion of the internship.





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