Amazon has launched the “Amazon Academy” at LEAP 2023 in Saudi Arabia, as a professional development programme focused on retail, cloud technology and logistics.
The curriculum is designed by experts from Amazon Web Services and customer experience teams, specifically for Saudi Arabia.
The aim of the academy is to train over 30,000 Saudi citizens and provide 35,000 certification vouchers in the next three years.
The Amazon Academy programme offers cloud technology, logistics, and retail certifications. The certifications will cover various levels of expertise, including cloud architecting, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, and others.
Courses in logistics and operations will be added to the academy programme later this year. These courses will focus on e-commerce-related services and will incorporate Amazon’s expertise in building and managing customer-centric operations, innovations in customer experience, and training for local entrepreneurs to set up and manage their own e-commerce operations.
All courses will be based on Amazon’s “customer backwards” philosophy and leadership principles. The programme aims to develop management and leadership skills and encourage customer obsession, invention, and innovation. Amazon Academy is open to all candidates, from beginners to experts, and is free of charge.
Ronaldo Mouchawar, vice president, Amazon Mena said, “Amazon is known to have a culture that cultivates continuous learning, knowledge, and innovation. We want to share this with the incredible talent available in the kingdom, and that’s why we’re launching Amazon Academy. Specifically tailored for Saudi Arabia, the programme will empower the next generation of Saudi youth, entrepreneurs and professionals at any stage of their career to achieve success across various in-demand skills such as cloud computing, logistics, and leadership.”
Eng. Faris AlSaqabi, Deputy Minister for Future Jobs and Capabilities at MCIT, said: “We are delighted to be launching the Amazon Academy through MCIT’s Future Skills initiative, which seeks to benefit more than 30,000 talented Saudi up-and-coming professionals. We will be extending all support necessary to enable digitally savvy young men and women to enroll in the academy, which offers a range of cloud-based training courses from Amazon together with guidance, academic learning, and online workshops. This innovative platform will empower young Saudi talents by enhancing their digital capabilities, enabling them to excel in tomorrow’s jobs and contribute to Saudi Arabia’s dynamic future.”