Vault Systems follows Microsoft lead with Govt cloud skills drive

Vault Systems follows Microsoft lead with Govt cloud skills drive

Follows a similar move by Microsoft to upskill 5,000 Government IT workers

Vault Systems is getting set to upskill around 3,000 public sector IT workers with the Government-focused cloud services provider launching a new training facility in Canberra.

Dubbed Vault Academy, the new training facility is aimed at addressing a growing shortage of cloud computing skills across Government, and is targeted at end-users, such as software developers, infrastructure engineers, cloud architects, sales engineers and technical project leaders.

The new training initiative will focus on both understanding cloud computing technology as well as the operational skills needed to maintain secure cloud platforms.    

The two-day experiential training program that the cloud services provider has created includes problem solving scenarios to support a move to cloud-based computing.

According to Vault Systems founder and CEO, Rupert Taylor-Price, the company established the academy in consultation with a number of agencies that had expressed a desire to upskill their staff in secure cloud systems.  

“The cloud is an enabler of digital transformation because it offers organisations and agencies the speed and scale to drive innovation,” Taylor-Price said. “However, for government, information security must be retained in this more productive computing environment.

“To do this both secure cloud systems and IT professionals trained in its use are required. There is no doubt that the move towards digital transformation will only be successful if the Australian IT workforce has the necessary skills and experiences to support a seamless move to the cloud,” he said.   

Taylor-Price said that Vault Systems is committed to upskilling IT professionals across Government as it continues to push digital transformation of Government services.

“Our program will provide the skills and knowledge for secure cloud delivery through practical, hands-on training exercises that have been designed specifically for Government,” he said.     

The academy expects to train thousands of Government IT operatives each year, while also providing a forum where professionals can share ideas and best practices. It will open in May 2018.

The move comes less than a month after Microsoft revealed it was partnering with DDLS, New Horizons and Advanced Training for an initiative aimed at upskilling about 5,000 Government sector personnel in the ways of cloud computing by 2020.

Both Microsoft and Vault Systems have been granted the Government’s “protected” cloud services certification by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), a status that clears them to handle classified and highly sensitive Government data within certain services.

Dimension Data, Macquarie Government, Sliced Tech and Vault Systems all laid claim to the “protected” ASD classification for their services prior to a number of Microsoft’s Azure regions and Office 365 services granted the much sought after “protected” classification on the ASD’s Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL) in early April.

Indeed, Vault Systems was one of the first cloud services providers to be awarded with the Government’s “protected” status, along with Sliced Tech.  

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