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RLabs joins AWS Training Partner Program to Deliver AWS Cloud Skills Training to young people from underserved communities across South Africa

Cape Town, June 13 2022 – Reconstructed Living Lab known as RLABS, a non-profit organization based in the heart of the Cape Flats is on a mission to build a future workforce and digital businesses by equipping youth through its various development programmes, announced it is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver AWS Training to learners in South Africa. RLabs has joined the AWS Training Partner Program, which enables AWS Authorized Instructors to deliver training developed by AWS, and will focus on social impact initiatives. As cloud technologies continue to help organizations transform their businesses at a rapid pace, employees with the necessary cloud skills are in high demand. Research shows that 85% of organizations report deficits in cloud expertise (451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise (VotE): Cloud, Hosting & Managed Services, Organizational Dynamics 2020, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence). The AWS Training Partner Program is designed for organizations like RLabs that meet or exceed rigorous criteria for delivering or offering high-quality technical training experiences. RLabs delivers AWS Training that not only enables cloud fluency for unemployed youth and graduates to leverage the power of the AWS Cloud but creates a new pathway of economic opportunities for young people to participate in cloud computing jobs.

AWS Training is developed and maintained by AWS experts, ensuring the content reflects current best practices. AWS Classroom Training allows learners to engage live and get questions answered by an expert instructor. Many courses also include hands-on labs, which allow learners to practice real-world scenarios in a sandbox environment. Training also helps prepare learners for AWS Certification exams, which validate technical skills and expertise with an industry-recognized credential. RLabs also offers AWS Certification vouchers bundled with AWS Training courses to make it easier for the young people looking to validate cloud skills.

“The world of work is evolving quickly, which means you have to figure out how to prepare for a future job role that’s impossible to predict. In South Africa, with our high youth unemployment numbers, we need to train our young people to unlock the opportunities of the 21st century. Working together with AWS, presents an opportunity for RLabs to create a workforce, especially from underserved and underrepresented communities, that can leverage the power of the AWS Cloud.” Marlon Parker, Founder, RLabs.

“Organizations need individuals with cloud skills to help transform their business, and there is a growing demand for IT professionals with AWS Cloud skills. AWS Training and Certification, along with our AWS Training Partners like RLabs, aims to equip the builders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge they need to leverage the power of the AWS Cloud. AWS Training, designed by the experts at AWS, teaches in-demand cloud skills and best practices, and helps learners prepare for AWS Certification exams so they can advance their careers and transform their organizations.” Maureen Lonergan, Director, AWS Training and Certification 

About RLabs

RLabs is an award-winning South African non-profit that was established in 2009. The main aim of RLabs is to create spaces where people can be impacted, empowered and transformed through HOPE, technology and innovation, training and economic opportunities. RLabs has since expanded its model and work to 23 countries across 5 continents impacting more than 25 million people. To date, more than 1,500,000 community members have directly accessed the RLabs skills training and economic empowerment programmes. 

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