BMO and Plato partner to offer cloud reskilling program to Indigenous students

The 22 students will be able to take the Amazon Web Services re/Start program virtually followed by a six-month BMO internship


BMO Financial Group joined forces with Plato, an Indigenous-led and staffed Canadian IT services and training firm, to offer the Amazon Web Services (AWS) ‘re/Start’ program virtually to Indigenous students across Canada.

According to a press release from BMO, 22 students — including some from remote communities — have started a 12-week cloud computing boot camp. A six-month BMO internship will follow, providing an opportunity to learn and apply skills on the job. BMO also said there would be opportunities for full-time employment.

“I am very honoured to be accepted into a program that provides training for Cloud computing. Getting exposure to the Cloud through on-the-job training would otherwise be impossible without an organization willing to train their employees from the ground up,” said Kyle Moore, a Métis Nation student from Manitoba, in the release.

Further, the release notes that participants in the program were selected from a pool of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit applicants from across Canada.

AWS re/Start is a skills development program that helps prepare individuals for careers in technology. The focus, unsurprisingly, is on cloud and cloud-adjacent skills.

Source: BMO

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