National Australia Bank (NAB) has launched a technology training programme for its staff to develop their skills in cloud computing, working with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Dubbed NAB Cloud Guild, the programme is for both beginners to professional developers.

NAB chief technology & operations officer Patrick Wright said that the bank is transforming to become simpler and faster – and AWS cloud technology is a critical enabler to NAB’s transformation.

“Cloud computing is becoming a dominant technology platform and our people need to have the relevant skills to deliver for our customers.

“Customers are demanding seamless, digital experiences and we need to be ready to deliver,” Wright added.

To be funded by NAB and run by AWS, the training will aim at making trainees certified ‘AWS Cloud practitioners’.

The training will focus on five key areas: architecture; security; developers; operations; and big data.

To be tailored to different competency levels, the training programme will run for between three and five days.

Additional applied training will be offered over a three to six month period, the bank said.

“The battle for technology talent is fierce and we’re taking action. We want to create opportunities for our people who want to learn new skills and grow their career in technology – and we want the top talent in the industry to come and join us.”

“You can’t pick up cloud skills overnight, but if you have the right mindset, a passion for technology and desire to learn – this could open up new horizons in your career,” Wright added.