We live and breathe a culture of learning—here's why

Paul Jenkins, GM People and Culture, Versent

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As an AWS Premier Partner, Versent is always upskilling our team in the ways of AWS.

We most recently achieved 100 AWS Certifications via the Amazon Web Services Partner Network (APN). This is a hefty achievement, and one reached thanks to the entire team. I even received an email from AWS to celebrate our milestone achievement, and it got me thinking—why is training so important for our growing team?

To become an AWS Premier Partner, there are a minimum number of Associate- and Professional-level certifications required. It’s not easy to achieve them, but for us it’s more than just a tick in a box to keep our partner status. We see every day how they make a difference to the projects we deliver for customers.

Everyone in our team is encouraged to take a proactive approach to learning and development and to build learning into their day-to-day routines.

Working at a tech company, it’s common to hear the emphasis on "continuous learning," but it’s a different thing entirely to truly see it in action.

At Versent, we promote a culture of continuous learning and development that is fostered by regular and honest feedback from our team. We make sure that we provide the support and tools the team needs to stay ahead in the continually changing landscape they face within the projects they are delivering. The team, our business, and our customers all benefit.

Giving the team the tools

Ongoing improvements to our own internal training, aka "The Versent Way," is a shared responsibility across not only the People & Culture team, but from everyone across the Versent team to ensure those that have been here from the start to those that are brand new to the Versent family, all share in the knowledge while adding to it through their own experiences. From "on-the-job" learning day to day with peer support and the encouragement to "give it a go," to access to market-leading learning subscriptions and the resources available via the AWS Partner Network.

We also have the Versent training quiz channel, allowing the team, at any stage, to be quizzed on a wide range of Amazon Web Services using our core communications tool, Slack. There is a healthy level of competition as to who remains on the leaderboard.

One of the biggest reasons Ben Rayner, our first grad hire in our Melbourne office, started with Versent was the promise of enhancing his skills:

“I was fresh out of uni, with a hunger for learning. Versent gave me the opportunity to learn every day, whether it was gaining personal AWS Certifications, on new projects or from the hugely skilled dev team here. In 12 months, I feel like my learning journey is still just beginning.”

"I was fresh out of uni, with a hunger for learning. Versent gave me the opportunity to learn every day, whether it was gaining personal AWS Certifications, on new projects or from the hugely skilled dev team here. In 12 months, I feel like my learning journey is still just beginning."
- Ben Rayner

It’s a tribute to the dedication of our entire team of nearly 250 here at Versent to have 100+ AWS Certifications. Further testament to the rewards our culture of learning has delivered is Versent being awarded the AWS APAC Partner of the Year for 2018, and the ANZ Consulting Partner of the Year for two years running (2017 and 2018).

About the author

Paul works hard to find the right people to fit with the culture of the company and ensure we maintain focus on our core values. Paul ensures the team grows and Versent is seen as the employer of choice.

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