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AWS re/Start, in collaboration with Star for Life Sigma Labs Jerusalem helps unemployed and underemployed individuals develop in-demand skills to launch cloud careers


21.03.2023 – Jerusalem Today, Star for Life Sigma Labs Jerusalem announces a collaborative effort with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide free cloud computing skills development and job training in East Jerusalem through AWS re/Start.  AWS re/Start is a free 12-week training program that helps unemployed and underemployed individuals build cloud computing skills and connect participants with employment opportunities at local employers. The first AWS re/Start cohort is planned to kick off on the last week of Feb 2023.


The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, half of the global workforce will need reskilling, and 97 million new roles will emerge because of digitization. Together, Star for Life Sigma Labs Jerusalem and AWS re/Start are building an inclusive, diverse global pipeline of new cloud talent by engaging individuals experiencing unemployment or underemployment who otherwise might not have had access to this career path.


Designed to support people who are unemployed or underemployed, and who have little technology experience, AWS re/Start provides participants with new cloud computing skills, career and resume coaching, and interviews with local employers. Upon completion of the program, Star for Life Sigma Labs Jerusalem will support graduates with direct connections to employers. AWS re/Start graduates are prepared for entry-level cloud roles, such as cloud operations, site reliability, infrastructure support, and technical adjacent business support functions.


“One of the major challenges we’re facing in East Jerusalem is providing entry level employment opportunities.By collaborating with AWS re/Start program, we’re aiming to provide a pipeline of skilled cloud talent from East Jerusalem that are able to find their way into the local and international job market” Rajai Nuseibeh, Managing Director of Sigma Labs, Star for Life Jerusalem.


With the support of professional mentors and accredited instructors, participants get a foundation of cloud computing knowledge that will propel them into entry-level cloud jobs. The training includes developing skills in programming, networking, security, and relational databases through real-world-scenario-based learning, hands-on labs, and coursework. By the end of the course, graduates have hard skills, and soft skills, and are prepared to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam to earn anindustry-recognized certification that validates their cloud computing skills. The AWS re/Start program is part of Amazon’s commitment to helping 29 million people around the world grow their tech skills with free cloud computing skills training by 2025.


“AWS re/Start was established to provide net new cloud talent to markets that are struggling to generate enough resources. AWS re/Start graduates have the day-one-ready skills that our customers and partners need. Over the past eighteen months, AWS re/Start has successfully re-skilled and connected net new talent throughout the region. We’re excited to have Sigma Labs onboard, bringing this opportunity to the residents of East Jerusalem.” Claire Spiller, AWS re/Start Senior Manager, EMEA.


Sigma Labs Jerusalem, is a project by the Star for Life Jerusalem Foundation that is aimed to support the development of the tech ecosystem in East Jerusalem by generating employment opportunities for unemployed and underserved residents of East Jerusalem, by providing a variety of programs across both the demand and the supply sides of job creation. Working with employers to provide opportunities and tech jobs to the community, and providing technical upskilling and employability skills training tracks, and supporting innovation and startups to provide better opportunities.