Singapore polys build cloud workforce with AWS

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Six institutes of higher learning in Singapore, including all five national polytechnics and a private education institution, will standardise on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing technologies and methodologies as the curriculum for their mainstream technology courses and diploma programs.

These include Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, and the London School of Business and Finance.

To educate and develop the next generation of cloud professionals, the courses will be available in January 2021 as part of the polytechnics’ and private institution’s diploma and short course programs.

AWS education programs provide students and educators with resources and content that focus on building cloud skills and preparing students for new opportunities in the workforce.

The three-year course curriculum will include the fundamentals of cloud computing and instruction in the core services of AWS in the first year. In the second year, students will be using AWS for application development including how to build reliable and secure application architecture.

In the final year, students will have an opportunity to participate in a real-world technology internship and project implementation using AWS’s advanced tools and services. 

With the growing need for skilled technical talent, the six institutes will align their academic programs with entry-level job requirements in these technology domains.  This is to ensure that graduates are skilled at building, deploying, and managing web and mobile applications securely on AWS, in order to help prepare students for in-demand technology-related careers. 

Students will also gain practical hands-on experience in developing artificial intelligence and machine learning applications and security-related solutions that will build their competence with various AWS services.

“Developing a skilled tech workforce experienced in cloud computing is key to growing Singapore’s economy,” said Tan Lee Chew, ASEAN managing director, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.

The students will also participate in Build On 2021, an annual hackathon hosted by AWS that invites students from vocational institutions, polytechnics, and universities to solve business challenges by developing solutions using cloud services. 

This event also provides opportunities for students to network with AWS Partners and customers as they seek employment opportunities, including full-time roles or internships.