NTT DATA aims at creating a more diverse, inclusive workforce and help bridge the EU digital skills gap | NTT DATA

NTT DATA aims at creating a more diverse, inclusive workforce and help bridge the EU digital skills gap

NTT DATA is hiring selected graduates who complete the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re/Start program in Spain. Hiring these graduates allows NTT DATA to diversify their entry-level staff by tapping into under-represented groups that are typically distanced from the labor market.

AWS re/Start is a global initiative offered in over 40 countries around the globe, including Spain. The program 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, such as NTT DATA. AWS re/Start does not require previous technology experience, and covers IT fundamentals, cloud computing skills, and career and resume coaching in order to help graduates launch a new career in the cloud. AWS re/Start graduates are prepared for entry-level, front-line cloud roles such as cloud operations, site reliability, infrastructure support, and technical business support functions.

NTT DATA's commitment to increasing diversity is one of the many ways the company continually raises the bar on the quality and innovative nature of its services to customers. The company is currently undergoing a first phase within a diversity program, with the aim to hire more diverse cloud talent.

The AWS re/Start training program and the topics covered in it match NTT DATA ESG & Sustainability corporate goals, which aim to help building a better world through diverse talent and responsible technology. The consultancy firm is also dedicated to aligning their activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, and reducing inequality.

According to Ignasi Aranda, Head of AWS Technology at NTT DATA EMEAL, “Our people are the core of our business, and incorporating new and diverse cloud talent is key to providing unique value to our customers. Hiring graduates of the AWS re/Start initiative is an example of how our collaboration with AWS goes beyond our business objectives. We are committed to empowering a more diverse workforce in Spain.”

Claire Spiller, head of AWS re/Start for AWS, EMEA said, ”I would like to see other firms across EMEA follow the example of NTT DATA and discover the advantages of hiring re/Start graduates. Over 500 companies, governments, and charities all over the regiony benefitted from the scheme in 2021 and used this talent pool to help overcome the severe shortage of cloud computing resources.”

Across Spain and the whole of the EU there is a shortage of people with digital skills which is holding back the economy. The EU has a target that 80% of those aged 16-74 have at least basic digital skills by the year 2030. However, at the current rate of progress, the proportion of the population with basic digital skills will only be 61% by 2030. That is why schemes like re/start are so important for the Spanish economy.

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