Addressing cloud skills shortages

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    Tuesday25Sep 2018

    Guest Blog: Tom Dibble, Account Mananger of BJSS, discusses how the drive of cloud adoption is leading to a shortage of skills.

The pace of public Cloud adoption is driving a demand for skills to the point where the shortage of skills is inhibiting adoption. Impacting BJSS and its clients. We know that any change needs careful management and attention to the people’s skills gap is crucial. Many IT organisations have very talented people who need to be assured that they can be upskilled in the new world of cloud, which is subtly different than the old world of siloed thinking around network, apps and infrastructure.

Anticipating this problem, in association with major Cloud vendors, we put in place an extensive training programme to supports our staff in gaining Cloud vendor accreditations. We provide funding and time for the training and offer various incentives and competitions to encourage our staff to study for the accreditations and acquire new skills. To date we’ve achieved over 300 accreditations in AWS and Azure.

We have also captured our experience of what works in a series of Cloud Adoption Accelerators. These enable us to help clients assess their Cloud readiness, and plan and implement Cloud migrations following industry best practice informed by BJSS experience. This modular and rigorous approach reduces the requirement for key personnel full time on each engagement and allows us to support multiple client Cloud engagements concurrently.

It’s also important to look beyond the typical candidate pool for relevant skills. For example, we recently introduced our Platform Engineering Academy for ex-armed forces personnel wishing to retrain for technology careers in the private sector.

Delivered in association with AWS, this 12-week long programme equips candidates with a range of Platform Engineering skills and is based on BJSS’ Queen’s Award- winning software delivery approach, Enterprise Agile®.

Upon successfully completing the programme, candidates wishing to apply for roles at BJSS are fast-tracked through our recruitment process. Early indications are that the programme is working - all candidates in our first cohort have taken full-time permanent roles at BJSS as Platform Engineers and are now contributing to client deliveries.

Stephen Davies, former Corporal in the Royal Air Force, recent graduate of the BJSS Platform Engineering Academy, and Platform Engineer at BJSS says:

“Leaving the Military is stressful, but the help and support Ireceived from the BJSS Platform Engineering Academy has made me a confident and competent Platform Engineer.Having been offered a permanent role at BJSS and knowing that the company will still support me as Icontinue to learn, has made my transition into civilian life easier.”





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    Sue Daley

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    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
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