The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), in collaboration with Generation India Foundation (GIF) and Amazon Web Services India Private Limited (AWS India) is providing cloud skills training to 1,500 learners and connecting them to employment opportunities, under project AMBER. The initiative has been undertaken under the SANKALP programme of MSDE with a focus on women to improve gender diversification in the tech industry and underprivileged groups.
The trend towards increasing women’s interest and participation in digital skills training has been exponentially growing and a collaborative approach between the industry and the government is essential to empower women with online resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities that enable them to build sustainable livelihood and employment opportunities at the grassroot level. Projects like AMBER, which is a joint initiative of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) – under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) – and GIF create the necessary avenues. Co-funded by MSDE (under the SANKALP program) and private philanthropy, project AMBER aims to train 30,000 youth, 50% of whom will be women.
As part of this collaboration, the learners take part in AWS re/Start, a workforce development program for unemployed and underemployed individuals, that covers fundamental AWS cloud skills as well as practical career tips, including resume writing and interview preparation. Through real-world scenario-based exercises, labs, and coursework, learners are trained in multiple technologies, including Linux, Python, networking, security, and relational databases. The program also covers the cost for learners to take the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification exam, an industry-recognized credential that validates their cloud skills and knowledge and connects the participants with job interview opportunities in cloud or IT with local employers.
Speaking about the initiative, Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “Automation and other technological advancements are changing the nature of jobs and providing immense economic growth potential to India. Collaborating with AWS re/Start is crucial for those individuals who need cloud computing skills and to open up more opportunities for women to pursue tech careers. We are deeply invested in building capabilities in areas that are evolving due to demographic transitions and technological changes such as Industry 4.0 and Web 3.0. I believe outcome-based skills training initiatives like Project AMBER will help tap the enormous potential of India’s youth.”
“We are very excited to be a part of this collaboration and are looking forward to preparing young people for high-demand cloud computing jobs. I am confident that together with AWS re/Start, we will make a significant difference in the lives of young people who want to have a career in cloud computing. Project AMBER is another opportunity to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of employment,” said Arunesh Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Generation India Foundation.