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Showcasing Scotland’s Cloud and Cybersecurity Education Providers

AWS and Azure skills are key to growing Scotland's digital economy.

The Skills Development Scotland ‘DESAP‘ report describes the need for Cloud and Cybersecurity skills for Scottish businesses.

In particular they highlight:

  • Only 3 in 10 businesses are fully equipped with cyber security skills.
  • Only 1 in 3 businesses engage in ecommerce.
  • Only 1 in 5 businesses feel fully equipped with digital technology skills.

In short Scotland is punching well below it’s weight when it comes to our businesses participating in the modern digital economy, and therefore efforts to boost adoption are critical.

Cloud computing, applications and cybersecurity are the building blocks required for this participation, and so developing those skills is the core objective for our digital skills strategy, achieved through delivering the required educational support. Key providers in Scotland include:

AWS re/Start

An especially important factor is making these courses accessible to key social groups, via fast-tracking route to work pathways. For example:

AWS re/Start is a cohort-based workforce development training program that prepares individuals for careers in the cloud and connects them to potential employers. A technology background is not required to apply. The program is free to the learner and focused on helping unemployed or underemployed individuals launching a new career.

re/Start is implemented by local partners. In Scotland the first provider is Dundee and Angus College, where their course is provided via 12 weeks, online and face-to-face delivery.


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