Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, partnered with Edukasyon.ph to provide cloud computing training and employment support to forty (40) individuals through the AWS re/Start program.
This initiative marks Chevron’s first social investment (SI) program in the digital sphere, which will help train and mentor Filipinos for careers in the rapidly growing and highly promising field of cloud computing.
In partnership with Edukasyon.ph, a social enterprise that utilizes online platforms to connect students with educational opportunities and foster career awareness, the program will benefit 40 AWS scholars and focus on the digital training and development of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing skills.
The AWS re/Start is a cohort-based workforce development program that aims to equip individuals with the proper cloud computing skills and connect them to potential employers upon completion of training.
The target beneficiaries are underprivileged, unemployed and underemployed Filipinos, with focus on minorities, displaced individuals and adopted community residents of Chevron.
Cloud computing services have become essential for businesses of all sizes. The demand for professionals who can design, manage and optimize cloud infrastructure has been consistently high, and this trend is likely to continue. Cloud professionals often receive competitive salaries due to their specialized skills and the demand for their expertise.
The recruitment and selection process will run from October to December, with the training proper commencing next year.
During the training period, which will run for 12 weeks at 4 to 5 hours per day from Monday through Friday, learners will gain technical and soft skills needed for entry-level to midlevel cloud computing roles. Lessons will comprise a series of online coursework and hands-on lab activities using real-world scenarios. The Zoom-based training will include synchronous meetings, engaging activities and assignments.
The program will also provide trainees with professional skills training such as resume preparation and interview coaching to prepare them for employer meetings and job interviews.
Trainees who complete the program will undergo a certification exam at no charge to become AWS Certified Cloud Practitioners. The exam, which is worth US$100, is available online through the AWS website. It may also be taken on-site. The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner will validate the foundational, high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services and terminology. This is a good starting point on the AWS Certification journey for individuals with no prior IT or cloud experience.
After receiving training and the proper work credentials, the program will also assist in skills matching and help scholars reach out to potential employers through job portals, IT-BPM and industry associations, and partner networks.
To promote the program and reach more candidates, a nationwide campaign was launched and will run until December 13. This will include tech conferences, job fairs and social media as well as cross-promotion to AWS partner networks, clients and platforms.
“We believe that our partnership with Chevron is a testament to the remarkable potential that arises when like-minded organizations come together to make a difference. We are excited about what the future holds and are honored to continue this journey with Chevron by our side,” said Grace David, CEO of Edukasyon.ph
“Chevron believes cloud computing literacy is pivotal in reshaping the future of aspiring Filipino professionals. This is another project that helps and supports the education and livelihood of disadvantaged people groups who do not have opportunities for mainstream learning. We believe that these kinds of education programs position the next generation of problem solvers in the future. It also aligns with our emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math) subjects, which prepare people better for employment in sectors like energy,” said Raissa Bautista, CPI corporate affairs manager.
Chevron’s foray into the digital sphere will further cement the company’s long history of social investments in the Philippines.