As a result of the pandemic, the world’s economies have rapidly adopted new technology and gone digital. The utilization of the cloud is necessary for a functioning infrastructure for remote or hybrid work, therefore technological adoption has skyrocketed. According to Gartner, the total revenue generated by public clouds globally climbed by 23% to 332.2 billion dollars in 2021.
Another recent Gartner study projects that spending on public cloud services would increase from $257.5 billion in 2020 to $304.9 billion in 2022, as cloud services play a critical role in assisting businesses in recovering from the pandemic’s onslaught.
As cloud computing expands its reach, there is an increasing demand for computer resources and professionals. However, this massive increase in demand has resulted in a huge skills gap in the industry, which is not unusual because when the demand curve rises and demonstrates its power, the supply curve must follow suit and widen itself to meet the public’s approaching desires.
The demand for African Cloud Engineers
The African cloud computing market is expanding. According to surveys, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the deployment of common cloud services across the African continent. Office software that runs in the cloud is becoming an increasingly important part of the contemporary workplace in Africa. In light of this, the growth of the cloud in the African market ostensibly extends beyond simple office applications. Cloud services are revolutionizing Africa’s productive capacity and are emerging as one of the most crucial pillars of Africa’s digital transformation. From startups disrupting entire industries with innovative, cloud-powered models to banks looking to accelerate the rollout of new applications, cloud services are transforming Africa. That notwithstanding, the cloud skills gap in Africa continues to widen each passing day.
How Azubi Africa is closing the African cloud skills gap!
In partnership with the DSAA, GetINNOtized GmbH in its effort to develop cloud talent in the African digital space executes the AZUBI AFRICA education & employment program. Azubi Africa is an AWS x Microsoft certified training partner, with a proven track record of providing tech training programs across Africa. In 2021, Azubi Africa trained and certified over 1000 people in AWS across Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. Presently, Azubi Africa runs two cloud training programs. The Level 1 AWS re/start training program is designed for beginners and focuses on providing learners with foundational skills in cloud technology. Whereas the Level 2 cloud engineering program, a 9-month intensive cloud training program aims at preparing students not just to become AWS Solutions Architects, but also to secure high-paying remote tech jobs.
Life after Azubi Africa is the beginning of a journey into the Job market. Depending on the career path a learner takes, whether a path in operations, architecture, or development, we can confidently say that 95% of our graduates are able to get into their dream high-paying remote job with the support of the Azubi Career Center. One thing that is guaranteed after training with Azubi Africa is that learners get to grow significantly as cloud professionals which means employers prefer Azubi learners to others in the job market and the evidence of this is quite clear considering the numerous student testimonials on LinkedIn.
There is no doubt that there is still much work to be done however, Azubi Africa and DSAA recognize that the key to success is to implement concrete initiatives to teach cloud skills and expand access to technology which is why they have taken the lead in this area.