Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance: Germany

A national coalition of employers, educational institutions, and government agencies that addresses the skills gap and prepares learners for in-demand tech jobs.

Building tech skills together

The scarcity of cloud talent is a major concern for many businesses and often reported as a key barrier to cloud adoption. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance forges new paths for individuals to develop cloud expertise and enter the technology workforce.

The Tech Alliance in Germany brings together a coalition of AWS customers and partners, government bodies, workforce development organizations, and educational institutions to prepare learners for entry-level cloud careers. Working backwards from employer demand for specific cloud skills and roles, the Tech Alliance works with educational institutions and educators to provide a free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum—through the AWS Academy—that prepares students to pursue in-demand cloud jobs in areas such as cloud support, software development, and data analysis. AWS is investing in the future of the German technology community and workforce by helping tech students expand their cloud skill sets.

Germany is known for its engineering innovation and has a high demand for early-career talent with the skills to develop the digital products and services of the future. AWS launched the German Tech Alliance in partnership with UnternehmerTUM, which is part of the Technical University of Munich, Germany’s No. 1 technical university. UnternehmerTUM is also the largest European entrepreneurship center with more than 12,500 annual students and more than $2B USD raised by its ventures in 2022. As part of the Tech Alliance, UnternehmerTUM and other alliance partners offer pathways to jobs in digital product development and engineering. In addition, the Tech Alliance brings together leading industry partners including Siemens, Vitesco Technologies, Deloitte, XL2 (a venture of Audi and Capgemini); tech industry associations like KI Park; and other German educational institutions such as FOM University and IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU). Select alliance events will take place in cooperation with bitkom e.V., Germany’s digital association representing more than 2,200 companies of the digital economy, and the GovTec Campus by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community.

The Germany Tech Alliance will officially launch on November 29, 2023, with the long-term potential to connect 30,000 students with in-demand tech jobs. The alliance also has more than 130 universities and educational institutions that are currently enrolled in AWS Academy, through which almost 4,000 students were trained on cloud computing.

Members of the AWS Tech Alliance Germany. Copyright: AWS
Stefan Drüssler (COO UnternehmerTUM), Dr. Fabian Mehring (Bavarian State Minister of Digital Affairs), Elmar Husmann, Clara Neumayer (AWS Tech Alliance Germany), Thomas Zeller (Chief Digital Officer at UnternehmerTUM): AWS. Copyright: UnternehmerTUM
  • Employers
  • Employers find it challenging to recruit, hire, and retain cloud-skilled talent. By collaborating with AWS, educational institutions, and other organizations, employers can build a tech talent pipeline.

    German Tech Alliance employers work directly with educational institutions to evaluate curricula, develop capstone projects, and provide internships or apprenticeships. Employers engage with learners through mentorship programs, applied learning eventssuch as AWS Jams and AWS DeepRacer, and job fairs to help students learn about career paths and apply for their first role in the cloud.

    Benefits for Germany Tech Alliance employers

    Proven Commitment
    Shape entry-level tech talent through career coaching, mentoring, and hiring events
    Unmatched Security
    Meet demand for specific tech skills and roles through a pipeline of job-ready talent
    Unmatched Security
    Inspire the next generation of tech ready talent through career talks and fireside chats

    To join the Germany Tech Alliance, employers must have a need for early-career cloud talent, and be able to assign a dedicated point of contact for the initiative.

    “Vitesco shapes the future of intelligent, sustainable mobility. Qualified professionals are critical for our continued growth. We are happy to join the AWS Tech Alliance in Germany to support and connect with the next generation of tech talent” - Thomas Buck, CIO of Vitesco Technologies.

    Germany Tech Alliance employers

    Deloitte logo
    Siemens logo
    Vindesco Technologies Logo
    XL2 Logo
    Zoi logo
  • Government
  • The Bavarian State Minister of Digital Affairs has confirmed to take over the patronage of the new AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance in Germany.

    “We need qualified specialists in future digital technologies such as cloud computing. The AWS Tech Alliance Germany is an outstanding example of how the commitment of tech companies can advance qualifications in the IT sector. In view of the major role played by Bavarian companies and research institutions in the AWS Tech Alliance Germany, I am happy to take on the patronage. We want to pave the way for cloud talents to their professional future career in close cooperation between business and politics. After all, those who are ahead in the competition for bright minds today will enjoy a significant locational advantage in the markets of tomorrow.” - Dr. Fabian Mehring, Bavarian State Minister of Digital Affairs

    Dr. Fabian Mehring, Bavarian State Minister of Digital Affairs, in conversation with Elmar Husmann and Clara Neumayer from AWS. Copyright: UnternehmerTUM
  • Educational institutions
  • Ensuring that curricula align to in-demand tech jobs is an ongoing challenge for colleges and universities. Collaborating with industry, however, can help educational institutions inform their course offerings to make their learners job-ready. The Germany Tech Alliance brings academia and industry together to modernize tech programs of study.

    More than 130 educational institutions across Germany are AWS Academy member institutions and benefit from the activities of the Tech Alliance. AWS works with educational institutions to prepare the next generation of cloud talent and respond to the needs of German organizations for highly sought-after AWS Cloud skills. Through AWS Academy, AWS provides higher education institutions with a no-cost, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue in-demand cloud jobs. Browse AWS Academy to see the list of educational institutions that are part of the German Tech Alliance.

    Does your institution offer accredited degree, diploma, certificate, or continuing education programs? Apply to join AWS Academy.

    Benefits for Germany Tech Alliance institutions

    Address Compliance Requirements
    Modernize technical programs of study to align credentials and degree programs to in-demand jobs
    Proven Commitment
    Cultivate closer relationships with industry and integrate their expertise into curricula
    Unmatched Security
    Provide applied learning and mentorship programs to prepare students for entry-level tech roles

    “Over the last 20 years, we have worked to make Munich a highly successful deep tech hub in Europe with our educational programs. By partnering with the AWS Tech Alliance and combining our available resources, we are going to enable talent at scale for Germany and Europe.” - Helmut Schönenberger, CEO of UnternehmerTUM

    Germany Tech Alliance educational institutions

    Unternehmertum logo
    FOM Hochschule logo
    Einfaches CMYK
    IU logo
    Unternehmertum logo
  • Partner organizations
  • The Germany Tech Alliance collaborates with governmental organizations, network partners, and associations to bring academia and industry together to modernize tech programs of study. These organizations play an important role in the alliance by fostering partnerships between industry and educational institutions.

    Benefits for Germany Tech Alliance partner organizations

    Address Compliance Requirements
    Help educational institutions and/or training providers modernize tech programs of study to align credentials and skilling programs to in-demand jobs
    Unmatched Security
    Foster closer relationships with industry to integrate their expertise into curricula
    Proven Commitment
    Provide applied learning events and skilling programs for students from educational institutions and/or mid career switchers interested in technology

    Germany Tech Alliance partner organizations

    DIHK Logo
    Ki Park logo
  • Educators
  • The Tech Alliance Academic Staff Program supports educators with understanding various cloud and emerging technology skills. This allows educators to access a wealth of learning resources through our AWS Advanced Training Partner Fast Lane. The program covers various technical and nontechnical topics so that educators can help their students graduate well-prepared and employable.

    Benefits for Germany Tech Alliance educators

    The Academic Staff Program is designed to help integrate cloud into tools and applications. The training included in the program exposes educators to the broadest and deepest set of cloud services and supporting cloud infrastructure. It also helps prepare educators for AWS certification exams and provides a no-cost hands-on learning environment. The program supports and enhances the effectiveness of academic staff members in their roles within their educational institutions by providing professional development, training, resources, and support.

    Germany Tech Alliance educators

    Fast Lane logo
    AWS Partner Advanced Tier Training logo
  • Learners
  • Gaps in technical coursework and training can create barriers for learners who are interested in pursuing cloud careers. These students benefit from a shift to skills-based learning that emphasizes the job role needs and demands of industry. The Germany Tech Alliance helps provide learners across the country with the resources and support required for them to secure entry-level cloud positions.

    Through the alliance, learners can access hands-on guidance from industry professionals and gain experience that is applicable to in-demand tech jobs. Resources available to learners include experiential learning programs, invitations to several events like job fairs, hiring through internships and apprenticeships, and much more.

    Benefits for Germany tech alliance learners

    Address Compliance Requirements
    Boost career readiness by gaining real-world experience
    Proven Commitment
    Receive hands-on support from industry through mentorship programs
    Unmatched Security
    Gain access to skills-based pathways for entry-level tech jobs


Applied learning events

Applied learning events bridge the gap between theory and practice, equipping learners with real-world skills and experience. Join AWS in embracing applied learning to unlock the full potential of IT education through these events:

AWS Jams

Solve challenges that emulate real AWS use-cases

AWS DeepRacer

Learn, practice, and apply machine learning skills in a virtual racing league

AWS GameDay

Explore gamified, hands-on activities that simulate production scenarios

Job fairs

Employers and learners have conversations about open career opportunities and future prospects. These fairs can be held virtually or in-person. 

Mentoring programs

AWS mentoring programs help students achieve their goals in the cloud field by exposing them to the career advice and success stories of industry professionals. The Germany Tech Alliance also proudly maintains a Women in Cloud mentoring program.

Copyright: UnternehmerTUM

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