The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-05-30T20:04:24Z AWS job opportunities up 37%, outstripping supply of job seekers 2017-05-30T20:04:24Z aws-job-opportunities-up-37-outstripping-supply-of-job-seekers Auckland, NZ and Sydney, Australia – Wednesday 31 May 2017 -- According to analysis by global job site Indeed, the number of AWS job postings in Australia has increased by 153 per cent from March 2014 to March 2017, and it is up 37 per cent year over year. Over the past year the number of AWS job postings was consistently 6 to 12 times the supply of job seekers looking at these roles. Yet often when AWS specialist recruiter Carmen Parnos, Founder and Director of the Cloud Talent Group, meets with AWS skilled IT professionals, she cannot place them because they do not have AWS Associate level certification.    “There already was a shortage of right-skilled technology professionals to fill the rising number of AWS roles available in the ANZ market,” said Parnos, “and this has been compounded by employers increasingly preferring or requiring a minimum of Associate-level AWS Certification.”   Trent Rosenthal is the CEO of Bespoke Training Services, the AWS authorised training partner for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Rosenthal said, “The use of the AWS platform has matured over the past three to four years, and the presence of AWS in this region is growing and driving demand for skilled staff. Increasingly employers need and expect a certain level of AWS skills and experience, even basic certification, and the bar will only get higher as the market continues to mature and the technology continues to evolve.”   “Massive demand” for certified AWS engineers   “I have one customer at the moment who is looking to put on 50 cloud engineers with a mix of AWS skills and certification preferences for different practices within the cloud business. There is a massive demand for certified AWS engineers, but opportunities for the un-certified are fewer and far between,” Parnos said.    “Those who are toying with the idea of becoming AWS certified should not toy with it. It is quickly becoming a baseline expectation,“ said Parnos. “My advice to job seekers is: don’t let the market leave you behind. Invest in yourself. In fact, as far as salary opportunities go, a solutions architect or devops engineer’s worth in the market goes up as high as 30% by having an AWS certification under his or her belt.”   Rosenthal cautioned against seeing AWS associate level certification on its own as a quick fix for job seekers. “The industry has matured to where employers really are expecting a core set of skills, a confident understanding of the AWS platform and the ability to effectively leverage its solutions and services,” he said.    “That’s why we offer training designed by AWS and delivered by accredited AWS trainers, to not only offer a clear understanding of what’s expected to achieve certification, but to help prepare individuals for the roles they seek and to enhance their performance in their current roles.”   Employers Feel the AWS Skills Shortage    Sebastian Krueger, Director of Cloud Engineering and Co-Founder of NZ-based specialist Advanced Amazon Web Services consultancy API Talent said that associate-level certification should be considered an entry-level requirement but you need the skills and hands-on experience on the platform, in context, to back it up.   When API Talent opened its doors in 2014 it was the early days for AWS in this region. There were no experienced AWS consultants around so Krueger says he took a generic approach to hiring and looked for infrastructure automation skills sets like how well the applicant could write code. Three years later and, according to Krueger, “I put a huge emphasis on culture, making sure people that work here are all geared towards wanting to work with people who are all experts at AWS. We feed that passion for AWS, give them interesting work to do and an environment that encourages people to be the best in their technology and product space.”   “There are plenty of potential entry-level employees in the IT market, but we do see a skills shortage in terms of experience,” Krueger said. “We continue to optimise our hiring approach and we look for staff with knowledge of particular patterns within AWS collateral, who can demonstrate that they understand AWS principles.”    According to NZ-based, global small business accounting software company Xero’s GM Product - Small Business, Mark Rees, the AWS skills shortage in Australia and New Zealand is felt whether they are hiring staff or seeking support from consultants.    “It is really hard to find people that are really properly skilled on AWS because we don’t need people to help us with basic things but rather we need advanced skill sets,” said Rees. “We are a global business servicing more than a million customers, so any cloud, programming, design or delivery challenges we have are difficult challenges, not basic ones. We have always found it really hard to find right-skilled people to hire and we’ve also found it quite hard to find external consultants at the right level to work on AWS with us.”   Professional Development Programs Help to Fill Skills Shortage Gap   Rees said that Xero does value AWS certification in its potential new hires and if they cannot find the skilled staff they need, they focus on staff training via AWS fundamentals workshops and courses as well as focused sessions at their annual Xero Product Team Unconference events. Xero’s professional development program extends to engaging “AWS Game Days” where staff are issued a series of challenges to test their skills and ingenuity with the platform.     API Talent also has a clear focus on professional development that encompasses AWS training and certification.   “We firmly believe that if you call yourself an AWS consultant then you ought to be certified,” said Krueger. “As our company grows, when we cannot find a suitable applicant who is already certified, we will hire based on cultural fit and attitude more than anything. We will continue to require that all our staff become certified as part of their career progression with API Talent and we will celebrate them when they do.”   Training & Certification to feed people’s passions & introduce options   Australian technology services company and software developer, DiUS, assembles teams of people with different skills and passions who typically work with different clients, technology and domains every three to six months.   Ricky Yim, Head of Technology and Delivery, DiUS said, “People who want to work here have to be really up for that. It means they have to learn about new technologies, industries and niches on a regular basis. That is part of what we do.”   “AWS technology is quite empowering. You used to be able to only do so much and then would hit a roadblock and need someone else to get you past that roadblock. AWS allows people to do so much more themselves,” said Yim. “If someone is exposed to this and it sparks an interest and a desire for more knowledge, we want to support that and that is where AWS training and certification comes into play.”   “Increasing the number of AWS certified professionals we have is good for our business and our position as an AWS partner,” said Yim, “and it helps the team member because it upskills them and can raise their profile. It’s about people’s passion and trying to find alignment. We don’t force it.”   Rees said the AWS certification model is very motivating for Xero staff.    “The professional exam is hard, so there is a lot associated with achieving it. Instructor-led AWS training courses in the classroom are valuable in terms of preparing for certifications,” said Rees. “There are aspects of the platform you need to learn in order to obtain certification that not everyone would naturally encounter in their day to day job.”   “Yes, that means you’re potentially learning about stuff your company doesn’t use,” continued Rees, “but it is good to have people on staff who understand a range of options for solving problems. Having staff go through these courses is a good way to get exposed to the options offered by the platform, and increases our understanding of AWS technology and features we may not use today.”   Professional-level certification emerging as the “IT factor”   “There are many skilled people that have AWS Associate level Architect Certification around the world,” Krueger said. “However, professional level certification means you have deep passing knowledge, and it helps to provide a learning path to AWS mastery for anyone who puts in the effort.” Bespoke Training’s Rosenthal has observed that AWS usage in ANZ and Singapore has been steadily on the rise for the past few years, creating opportunities for IT professionals interested in building their skills on the platform.    “By August of 2016 we had seen sufficient interest in our Associate level AWS certification prep workshop (Exam Readiness Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate) across our regions that we began delivering via WebEx to make the course much more accessible and to be able to offer it more often,” said Rosenthal.     “With Associate level certification becoming more of a job requirement than a nice-to-have, achieving the Professional level of certification is emerging as the real “IT factor. As the market’s use of the cloud platform matures, the pro level is becoming the feather in the cap that basic certification used to be,” said Rosenthal. “We expect our AWS Professional level exam readiness workshop (Exam Readiness Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional) to become more popular over the next year.” Funding Now Available for Singapore IT Pros and Organisations to Gain Sought After AWS Skills & Certification 2017-02-07T00:08:49Z funding-now-available-for-singapore-it-pros-and-organisations-to-gain-sought-after-aws-skills-amp-certification-3 Singapore – 6 February 2017 – As the only authorised Amazon Web Services (AWS) training partner for Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Bespoke Training Services is excited to announce the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate CITREP+ Endorsed Training Program.   The Program provides self-sponsored students and/or organisations supporting their employees, the opportunity to apply for CITREP+ funding - up to 70% for professionals and up to 100% for students and / or full time national service (NSF), subject to funding eligibility.   “Bespoke is thrilled to be working with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to support IT professionals building specialised ICT skills in cloud computing through AWS training and certification,” said Trent Rosenthal, CEO, Bespoke Training Services. “We recognise the growing need for AWS skills in Singapore and are working with IMDA to help individuals and organisations through funding support for professional development efforts.”   According to Hays Singapore, AWS certification is among the IT competencies commonly found in job descriptions in the Singapore market, and demand for AWS skills is growing.    “As more businesses look towards cloud computing to maximise operational and cost efficiency, we have seen more roles requiring cloud computing competencies,” said Nabil Farrag, Team Manager, Hays Singapore. “As a result, the Singapore IT labour market has been strained to fulfill this demand. Over the last 12 months, we have noticed a rise in the number of roles where AWS skills are listed as a job requirement. This trend is likely to persist in the near future.”   The Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP+) supports professionals in keeping pace with technology shifts through continuous and proactive training. Through training, they will acquire technical skills sets that will enable them to remain relevant and productive. Applicants must first determine eligibility, then complete the program through to certification as per the CITREP+ claim procedure and conditions (info here).   “The AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification is recognised around the world and was listed by Forbes as America’s top paying IT certification in 2016. With the demand for AWS skills on the rise in Singapore we are pleased to offer a program to help Singaporeans achieve this valuable certification,” said Gilbert Cheo, Business Development Manager, Bespoke Training Services, Singapore.   “Our 5-day, AWS instructor-led, authorised AWS training program takes IT professionals through Solutions Architect skills development, then an exam readiness workshop to prepare to sit for the certification exam. Also included is the cost of sitting for the actual exam,” said Cheo.    The next available AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate program training dates are:   27 Feb – 3 March 13 – 17 March 27 – 31 March   To Register your interest and determine your eligibility, visit the Bespoke Training Services website at     What funding support is available? Category Training Course & certification/Assessment Professionals Up to 70% of the nett payable course & certification fees, capped at $2,500 per student Students &/or Full Time National Service (NSF) Up to 100% of the nett payable course & certification fees, capped at $2,000 per student Am I eligible? You must be a Singapore Citizen and meet general eligibility criteria prior to beginning the training program, to qualify for CITREP+ funding support. For full eligibility criteria please visit the IMDA website. Who is this CITREP+ programme for?  Professionals working towards AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Certification.  The CITREP+ Endorsed Training Includes: (full Course Overview) AWS Technical Essentials - Introductory course introducing AWS products, services, and common solutions.    Architecting on AWS - Covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on AWS. Designed to teach Solutions Architects how to optimise the use of the AWS cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions. AWS Exam Readiness Workshop - Solutions Architect - Associate Level - Designed to complement Architecting on AWS, this workshop is intended for individuals who are preparing for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam.  Authorised AWS Training Programs Now Available Across ASEAN & Hong Kong 2015-12-10T00:01:00Z authorised-aws-training-programs-now-available-across-asean-amp-hong-kong Sydney, Auckland, Singapore, Hong Kong – 10 December 2015 – As the only authorised Amazon Web Services (AWS) training partner for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Bespoke Training Services is excited to announce it is extending its technical AWS training programs across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and into Hong Kong.   “Thanks to increasing cloud adoption and the popularity of the AWS cloud offering, there is a real need for dedicated training resources and technical training experts for the ASEAN & Hong Kong region,” said Trent Rosenthal, CEO, Bespoke Training Services. “In response we are delivering our comprehensive schedule of AWS training courses and workshops, for AWS customers, partners and individual IT professionals.” Bespoke’s extended regions now ensure coverage throughout Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines from January 2016. For course information and schedules, visit “In the midst of running a full schedule of AWS training courses in Singapore and across Australia and New Zealand, we have been making investments in our organisation and its’ infrastructure to deliver AWS training in new territories,” said Rosenthal. Working closely with CEO, Rosenthal, enterprise IT training specialist Gilbert Cheo has been building a sales and operations team based in Singapore, and will lead business development activity across ASEAN and in Hong Kong.  Organisations moving to or delivering services in the AWS cloud need to ensure their IT personnel are proficient with AWS products and services. Those companies looking to join or maintain their positions in the AWS Partner Network (APN) have training and certification requirements to meet. Bespoke provides support in the form of customised training packages to help AWS customers and partners achieve these goals.  The AWS training curriculum from Bespoke Training Services is delivered by AWS experts, and begins with introductory AWS Business or Technical Essentials courses. From there the training path follows specific job roles, with courses offered in three main streams: Architecting, Systems Operations and Developing. These courses match with AWS Certification streams, and are valuable building blocks as IT professionals prepare to achieve industry recognition for their skills and expertise. Specialty courses in big data solutions, security and preparing for AWS Certification are also available. For more information: Bespoke Expands AWS Training to Singapore 2015-03-04T00:34:27Z bespoke-expands-aws-training-to-singapore Sydney, Auckland, Singapore – Wednesday 4 March 2015 – Building on the rapid adoption of AWS training in Australia and New Zealand, Bespoke Training Services announced that it has further expanded its portfolio of locations to Singapore as a Training Partner of the AWS Partner Network. Instructor-led AWS courses offered through Bespoke Training Services are designed to help organisations and IT professionals build the skills necessary to effectively deliver cloud-based solutions on the AWS platform. AWS instructor-led training sessions help those using the AWS platform to deepen their cloud expertise, with targeted and role-specific training. As well as working towards recognition of their skillset through AWS certification, trainees will become more proficient with the AWS products and services, enabling them to more effectively design, build, deploy, monitor and scale available, efficient and secure applications on behalf of their organisations and clients. “There’s a lot of positivity around the level of cloud adoption in Singapore, including recent research from the Singapore IDA which forecasts cloud spending among enterprises to almost double to S$920 million by 2018. SMBs and mid-size organisations in Singapore are also reportedly investing significantly in cloud,” said Trent Rosenthal, Director, Bespoke Training Services.  “We’re all about providing opportunities for companies and individuals to become more proficient on Amazon Web Services, to optimise their cloud implementations on the AWS platform and get the most value for their organisations. We know that acquiring new skills is a high priority for professionals in Singapore and we’re really excited to bring AWS training programs to the IT community in this region,” said Rosenthal.  In keeping with the growing trend of companies choosing cloud and AWS, Rosenthal said, “Those we typically see taking advantage of AWS training courses are organisations that work with Bespoke to design programs that ensure effective design and implementation of AWS cloud solution, and demonstrate they are interested in investing in and upskilling their IT staff. “Far from becoming obsolete thanks to cloud, the role of the IT professional is changing. Certainly we also receive plenty of bookings from individuals seeking the opportunities available to those who continue their skills development and stay relevant in very competitive marketplaces.” AWS courses facilitated by Bespoke Training Services are delivered by Amazon Web Services’ own trainers, and begin with the one-day AWS Essentials class which provides an overview of the platform and its products and services. From there the training path follows a curriculum built around specific job roles, with courses and certification offered in three main streams: Architecting, Systems Operations and Developing. Training specific to big data solutions is also available. “To underscore and cement the role-specific content, each instructor-led training seminar includes immersive, hands-on exercises and gives participants a face-to-face opportunity to ask questions and discuss any real-world challenges they may be facing as they learn to implement AWS for their organisations,” said Rosenthal.   Bespoke Training Services Named Amazon Web Services Authorised Training Partner for NZ 2014-08-26T03:01:08Z bespoke-training-services-named-amazon-web-services-authorised-training-partner-for-nz Bespoke Training Services has been named the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Authorised Training Partner for New Zealand, after successful rollout of AWS training in Australia. Courses offered through Bespoke Training Services are designed to help deliver cloud-based solutions using the AWS platform, and realise the cost savings and efficiencies the cloud can enable in an organisation. To coincide with this announcement, Bespoke is highlighting its Spring AWS Training Schedule for IT professionals slated for September in Auckland, and November in Wellington and Christchurch. These hands-on, intimate, instructor-led technical seminars will be delivered by highly qualified AWS trainers. “As an important complement to the online resources offered by Amazon Web Services, instructor-led sessions offer IT decision makers and technology professionals the opportunity to become more familiar with AWS capabilities through immersive, hands-on exercises,” said Trent Rosenthal, Director, Bespoke Training Services. “The face-to-face training from an AWS expert is valuable, as is the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any challenges you may be facing in your own implementation of Amazon Web Services,” said Rosenthal. AWS instructor-led training sessions help those using the AWS platform to deepen their cloud expertise, with targeted and role-specific training. As well as working towards recognition of their skillset through AWS certification, trainees will become more proficient with the AWS platform, enabling them to more effectively and efficiently design, build, deploy, monitor and scale available, efficient and secure applications on behalf of their organisations and clients. Upcoming Training Sessions AWS Essentials Auckland       9 September 2014 Christchurch 25 November 2014 Wellington    25 November 2014Architecting on AWS Auckland       10-12 September 2014 Christchurch 26-28 November 2014 Wellington    26-28 November 2014 Who Should Attend? The AWS Essentials course is designed for business leaders and technology professionals who need assistance making cloud decisions and / or an introduction to Amazon Web Services, or those seeking first level training to support implementation of the AWS platform. AWS experience is not required. Architecting on AWS is designed for Solutions Architects and other technology professionals seeking to gain a deeper understanding of AWS services so they can level-up their usage of the platform and stay ahead of the pack. The technical seminar will teach attendees how to design scalable, elastic, secure and highly-available applications on AWS. - Ends -