Amazon Web Services has launched AWS Educate, allowing pupils to learn practical cloud computing skills
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a programme to teach school pupils cloud technology skills, called AWS Educate - and NCI is delighted to be involved in this project. The tool has been designed to integrate cloud skills into the curriculum, teaching through hands-on experience with real cloud technology. It is free for schools, teachers and students to apply to join.
Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, said:
"For years, the AWS educational grants programme has put cloud technology in the hands of educators and students, giving them the ability to put big ideas into action. Based on the feedback and success of our grant recipients and the global need for cloud-skilled workers, we developed AWS Educate to help even more students learn cloud technology firsthand in the classroom. We're pleased to offer AWS Educate to educators, students and educational institutions around the world."
With cloud computing quickly fuelling businesses and innovation, there is a demand for more skilled employees entering the workplace. Last year, IT Pro ran a report suggesting that better education was the key to minimising cloud security risk, with 77 per cent of respondents to the 2015 State of SMB Cybersecurity report stating that employees are actually the weakest link in a company's security infrastructure.
"NCI cherishes the opportunity to participate in the AWS Beta Programme for Education as it will enable us to further contribute to the advancement of cloud computing and data analytics worldwide," Dr Horacio Gonzalez-Velez, Associate Professor and Head of the Cloud Competency Centre at National College of Ireland, added.
"Science and technology progress is intrinsically a collaborative effort, where individuals and institutions working together are often more effective than individual scientists or practitioners working alone. Academic grants from companies should be regarded as giving recognition to this general technical progress as well as the individuals involved."
NCI is honoured to be involved in such an innovative, ground-breaking project and look forward to a fruitful partnership with Amazon Web Services.
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