Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of the AWS re/Start cloud skills training programme in Portugal, to help individuals build cloud computing skills and connect participants with opportunities at local employers. The AWS re/Start programme launch in Portugal is part of Amazon’s effort to help 29 million people around the world grow their tech skills with free cloud computing skills training by 2025. To deliver training to the first cohort, AWS is collaborating with Academia de Código in Lisbon.

Designed to support people who are unemployed or underemployed (and technology experience is not required to apply), AWS re/Start provides participants with new cloud computing and professional skills. Upon completion of the programme, Academia de Código will support graduates with direct connections to employers. AWS re/Start learners receive job-specific training for roles such as Technical Support Specialist, Systems Administrator, Cloud Automation Lead, up to Infrastructure Engineer, and more.

With the support of professional mentors and accredited instructors, participants get a foundation of cloud computing knowledge that will propel them into entry-level cloud jobs. The training includes developing skills in programming, networking, security, and relational databases through real-world-scenario-based learning, hands-on labs, and coursework. By the end of the course, graduates have hard skills, professional skills, and earn an AWS Certification, an industry-recognised credential validating cloud computing skills.

"Being the first institution in Portugal to become a collaborating organisation of the AWS re/Start programme in terms of certified AWS training, is for us a great recognition of our work and our quality of teaching in technology,” said João Magalhães, founder and CEO of Academia de Código. “With this collaboration we hope to empower more people in DevOps and cloud computing, creating a competent, inclusive and diverse talent pool, through a course that will give them the necessary tools to be successful and respond to the needs of the current and future technology market.”

Tejas Vashi, Global Lead, AWS re/Start, said: “AWS re/Start brings “net-new” talent into the workforce, establishing a win-win-win scenario for individuals to launch successful careers in cloud, organisations to increase their competitive edge with in-demand talent, and communities to thrive and grow. We are proud to launch the programme in Portugal and to work with Academia de Código to build the diverse, robust cloud workforce of the future, enabling organisations to accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud.”

The AWS re/Start programme has been actively expanding around the world since it launched globally in 2019. To learn more about AWS re/Start and other free AWS training, visit