AWS Introduces Two New Training Initiatives on Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just announced two new, free training initiatives to support the development of foundational cloud computing skills, making it easier for individuals to get hands-on cloud computing training in an engaging manner.

As a part of Amazon’s commitment to providing free cloud computing skills training to 29 million people by 2025, the two new initiatives include AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner – a game-based role-playing experience, as well as a new, improved version of AWS Educate.

“AWS Cloud Quest and AWS Educate intentionally move away from passive content. We want to make abstract cloud computing concepts real through interactive and hands-on activities that immediately let learners turn theory into practice,” said Kevin Kelly, director of Cloud Career Training Programs at AWS.

“These two offerings help individuals grow their skills and employability. We’re continuing to innovate how learners can build their cloud knowledge and practical skills, meeting them where they are and bringing knowledge within anyone’s reach by making these programs free.”

As announced, the game-based initiative AWS Cloud Quest, is a role-playing learning game intended to help people develop practical cloud skills via interactive learning and hands-on activities using AWS services. In addition, AWS Cloud Quest is stated to be available globally in English for personal computers through AWS Skill Builder and ideal for early career or new-to-cloud adult learners.

While the newly improved AWS Educate including new courses and hands-on labs and are put together to give learners as young as 13 years old, access to hundreds of hours of free, self-paced training, resources, and labs specifically designed for new-to-the-cloud learners. Furthermore, AWS Educate is expected to self-motivate, pre-professional learners who are not yet working in the cloud, such as students and job-training participants.

According to the company, AWS Educate is available globally in English, Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Korean, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish, with new features including four new courses, ten new lab, redesigned website as well as new online Explore section.