A new effort looks to help unemployed workers gain needed skills for in-demand digital positions.
Greece’s Manpower Organization (OAED) signed a memorandum of cooperation with US tech giant Amazon’s Web Services, in the presence of Labor and Social Affairs Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, to offer digital skills services to those who are unemployed.
“Our goal is to help the unemployed and the working class acquire the latest digital skills to claim a better future in the age of big data, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things,” Haztidakis said.
The debut joint action of OAED and Amazon Web Services will operate as a pilot on the free training of the unemployed in digital cloud technologies (cloud services) through modern and asynchronous education.
“Greece’s biggest competitive advantage in the digital economy is its quality workforce, which is why we do our best to invest in it,” he added.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced the opening of its first office in Athens, Greece.
The office will support organisations of all sizes, including startups, enterprises, and public sector agencies, as they make the transition to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.
The move comes as the government has stepped up efforts to attract foreign investment and draw high tech companies to Greece.
“We have seen increased customer adoption of AWS in the country and decided to open an office in Athens to better support new customers,” Przemek Szuder, the head of AWS operations in central and eastern Europe said in a statement.
No financial details were disclosed.
“We look forward to fostering the country’s pioneering spirit alongside our customers and helping them accelerate their digital transformation and deliver innovative new products and services to Greek customers and citizens,” he added.
AWS already provides cloud computing services to well-known startups and businesses in Greece including Beat, Deepsea Technologies, futurehome.gr, Madinad, Marpoint, Money Market, Orfium, Omilia, Wind Hellas, PAOK FC, and Xrysi Eukairia, as well as Public Sector organisations.
Services cover areas from big data analytics and mobile, web and social media applications to enterprise business applications and the internet of things.
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