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Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to upskill workforce in AWS Skills Guild

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are aiming to put over 700 staff through a new cloud workforce training program from Amazon Web Services (AWS) before the end of this year as it focuses on rolling out its migration to the cloud.

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Mon, 06 Sep 2021
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to upskill workforce in AWS Skills Guild
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Bendigo and Adelaide Bank worked with AWS Training and Certification on an upskilling plan, which included a month-long training blitz to get its staff trained on foundational and intermediate cloud topics, such as cloud essentials, architecting, and developing. The success of the training, which saw more than 50 per cent of the Bank’s developers trained in cloud, led to an accelerated “32 apps in 30 days” migration program, designed to get the bank migrating workloads into AWS at scale.

With the intention to reduce complexity, build digital capability, and deliver new services for its banking customers, the bank has aligned transformation investment with revenue growth after unveiling its new cloud strategy in 2020.

The transformation includes the migration of its digital applications, customer-facing websites, and open banking services to AWS.

In order to accelerate these plans, the Bank required new cloud skills on its team to effectively architect and maintain these new cloud environments, as well as instill a culture of cloud innovation.

The Bank looked to grow the program with the launch of an AWS Skills Guild, a comprehensive skills enablement program designed to build cloud fluency across an organisation, according to Lauren Benedict, cloud community lead at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

“Following the success of the initial training effort, the AWS Skills Guild team worked with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to design ’Unleash,’ which aims to invest in our people and unleash their potential through building cloud confidence,” Benedict added.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Skills Guild program kicked off in June and will run through December 2021, with multiple formal training classes each month, as well as informal events every three to four weeks.

The program is designed to train more than 700 staff across business and IT functions before the end of the year.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is aiming to address a skills gap in order to achieve their new business and technical cloud strategy while servicing more than 2 million customers in over 500 locations across Australia.

[Related: QakBot banking malware rise by 65%]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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