Google Cloud establishes CoE in Saudi Arabia to upskill talents

Google Cloud has announced the launch of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) that is set up to provide learners in Saudi Arabia with access to develop in-demand skills in emerging cloud technologies with Google Cloud training and certification.

The centre will provide training courses in the latest cloud technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), application and infrastructure modernisation, that will upskill professionals in the Saudi market who are leading digitisation efforts in their businesses or keen to pursue a career in the cloud industry. The courses are offered at no-cost.

Building on Google Cloud’s Skills Boost programme that runs globally, the CoE in Saudi Arabia joins in the company’s global efforts to train more than 40 million professionals around the world in cloud skills, that will equip them with the necessary knowledge to drive a culture of innovation and boost digital transformation in enterprises as well as startups.

The announcement was made at the “Next’22 Developers Hub” event hosted by Google Cloud in Riyadh, where the company also launched the “60 days of Google Tech Programme ” with 300 developers starting their learning journey as the first cohort at the centre to become certified associate cloud engineers. The centre will run multiple cohorts throughout the year that are available to professionals of all ages in the Kingdom and provides Google Cloud certification upon the completion of the training courses.

Additionally, the “Google for Startups Cloud Academy” was also announced at the event which is a 10-week programme designed for startups across Saudi Arabia that are leveraging technology to build scalable, resilient and innovative solutions to solve business challenges. All accepted startups will receive mentorship and support from teams at Google and its mentor network in application modernisation, artificial intelligence (AI), Data and Analytics, machine learning (ML) and marketing.

The Developers Hub event also hosted IT decision-makers, developers and students, who are all coming together to shape the future of cloud skills training in the country.