Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance: Egypt
A national coalition of employers, educational institutions, and government authorities 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 digital transformation and cloud adoption. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance (Tech Alliance) forges new paths for individuals to develop cloud expertise and enter the technology workforce. Working backwards from employer demand for specific cloud and technology skills and roles, the Tech Alliance works with educational institutions, government, and educators to support students to pursue careers in cloud support, cloud administration, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and data analysis.
The Tech Alliance in Egypt brings together a coalition of AWS customers and partners, government bodies, workforce development organizations, and educational institutions to prepare learners for in-demand tech jobs. AWS has collaborated with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) since 2020 on its workforce development initiatives. This collaboration is helping Egyptian youth build the skills they need for in-demand tech jobs in Egypt and the Middle East. In June 2023, AWS signed a nationwide agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MoHESR), This agreement provides entry points into universities and higher education institutions across Egypt to deliver faculty enablement, AWS education programs, curriculum development, and a talent pipeline into the Tech Alliance with Egyptian employers.
According to the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), the ICT industry is the country’s fastest-growing sector, recording a growth rate of 16.7% which outpaced all other sectors in fiscal year 2021-2022. The Egyptian ICT sector accounts for 5% of the country’s GDP with a domestic product estimated at around 150 billion EGP. Finally, Egypt offers the largest and youngest multilingual talent pool in the Middle East: 73% of the population is under the age of 40 and more than 600,000 graduates, the majority of whom speak English or other European languages, join the workforce annually.
The explosive growth of cloud services and emerging technologies in Egypt and the Middle East means that employers need an increasingly larger supply of job-ready tech talent. But 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.
Employers in the Egypt Tech Alliance work directly with educational institutions to evaluate curricula, develop capstone projects, and provide internships or apprenticeships. Alliance employers engage with learners through mentorship programs, applied learning events such as AWS Jams and AWS DeepRacer, and job fairs to help learners find career paths and apply for their first role in the cloud.
Benefits for Egypt Tech Alliance EmployersCollaboratively design and vet skills maps aligned to in-demand job rolesShape entry-level tech talent through career coaching, mentoring, and hiring eventsMeet demand for specific tech skills and roles through a pipeline of job-ready talent
To join the Egypt Tech Alliance, employers must be an AWS Partner or customer, have a need for cloud and tech talent, and be able to assign a dedicated point of contact for the initiative. AWS can also create a tailor-made solution for employers who are hiring a smaller number of learners, providing internships and/or on-the-job-training opportunities for learners and new graduates, or require other customized support.
Egypt Tech Alliance Employers
The Egypt Tech Alliance helps governments bring academia and industry together to modernize tech programs of study. Government bodies play an important role in the alliance by fostering partnerships between industry and educational institutions. AWS’s agreement with the nationwide Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) includes 100-plus public and private universities and institutions and connects graduates with a growing list of Tech Alliance employers. These employer talent shapers include companies in industries such as consulting, digital services, information technology, professional services, and telecom.
Benefits for Egypt Tech Alliance institutionsHelp your educational institutions modernize tech programs of study to align credentials and degree programs to in-demand jobsFoster closer relationships with industry to integrate their expertise into curriculaProvide applied learning and mentorship programs for students from your educational institutions
Egypt Tech Alliance Government Bodies
Egypt Tech Alliance Government Initiatives
Egypt Tech Alliance Government Workforce Institutions
Ensuring that curricula aligns 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 Egypt Tech Alliance brings academia and industry together to modernize tech programs of study.
Across Egypt, 23 educational institutions are AWS Academy members and benefit from the activities of both Academy and the Tech Alliance. AWS works with educational institutions to prepare the next generation of cloud talent and respond to the needs of Egyptian organizations for highly sought-after cloud skills. AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with a no-cost, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum and learner labs that prepare students to pursue in-demand cloud jobs. Browse AWS Academy to see the list of educational institutions that are part of the Egypt Tech Alliance.
Does your institution offer accredited degree, diploma, certificate, or continuing education programs? Sign up on the MoHESR AWS Academic Hub.
Benefits for Egypt Tech Alliance institutionsModernize technical programs of study to align credentials and degree programs to in-demand jobsCultivate closer relationships with industry and integrate their expertise into curriculaProvide applied learning and mentorship programs to prepare students for tech roles
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, exclusive webinars, free Q&A sessions, and office hours with AWS experts. The program covers various technical and nontechnical topics so that educators can help their students graduate well-prepared and employable.
Benefits for Egypt 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.
Interested in the Academic Staff Program? Signup on the MoHESR AWS Academic Hub.
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 Egypt Tech Alliance helps provide learners across Egypt 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 career coaching and mentoring, experiential learning programs, and hiring through internships and apprenticeships.
Benefits for Egypt Tech Alliance LearnersBoost career readiness by gaining real-world experienceReceive hands-on support from industry through mentorship programsGain 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:
Solve challenges that emulate real AWS use-cases
Learn, practice, and apply machine learning skills in a virtual racing league
Explore gamified, hands-on activities that simulate production scenarios
Employers and learners have conversations about open career opportunities and future prospects. These fairs can be held virtually or in-person.
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