Amazon AWS and IT Tallaght recently announced a collaboration alongside major jobs announcement in new AWS Shannon Building.
At the opening of Amazon Web Services new Shannon building, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, praised the joint Data Center Technician Programme jointly developed by IT Tallaght and Amazon AWS. In an exciting development, Mike Beary, AWS Ireland Country Manager, announced a further development of 1,000 jobs with AWS adding to the 2,500 AWS employees already in Ireland.
IT Tallaght President, Thomas Stone, took part in an illuminating panel discussion on skills requirements for the Irish jobs market, mentioning the desire for further industry integration with third level education, underlining the opportunities for graduates in cloud computing and emphasising the need for investment in higher education facilities to keep Irish HEIs modern and relevant to industry.
The Data Center Technician Programme is being supported by 20 bursaries for students and opportunities for paid placement in an AWS Data Center.
Over the past two years IT Tallaght has developed many additional programmes with the support of AWS. In 2016 IT Tallaght became the first AWS Academy accredited in Ireland - and one of the first in Europe - to deliver the Cloud Solutions Architect Associate Academy Programme. This has benefitted a significant number of computing students who have gone on to careers with Amazon AWS and firms using the AWS ecosystem.
For the 2018/19 academic year, IT Tallaght is offering the following programmes with strong AWS content funded under Springboard and open to those in employment as well as other Springboard categories:
BSc in Cloud Computing & DevOps
Certificate in Cloud Solutions Architect
Certificate in Cloud Provisioning, Management & Security
BSc in IT Management