As part of their efforts to support the future workforce, Amazon is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to provide free cloud computing skills training to people from all walks of life and all levels of knowledge in more than 200 countries and territories. They will provide training opportunities through existing designed programs, as well as develop new courses to meet a wide variety of schedules and learning goals. The training ranges from self-paced online courses—designed to help individuals update their technical skills—to intensive upskilling programs that can lead to new jobs in the technology industry.

Here are a couple of examples of what the company will be doing…

They will be building out their library of more than 500 free courses, interactive labs, and virtual day-long training sessions. Individuals looking to learn about cloud technology at their own pace have two resources through the company designed AWS Training and Certification and AWS Educate. Designed for both novice and seasoned  individuals looking for foundational cloud computing skills, these programs will offer over more than 500 free, on-demand online courses, interactive labs, and virtual day-long training sessions as well as job-based learning paths and numerous free instructor-led webinars, in multiple languages.

Amazon will pilot new training programs and initiatives, like the two-day AWS Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing Certificate program. Fiber optic cables are the backbone of the modern world, carrying internet, TV, and telephone data—they’re made up of tiny glass tubes, which makes repairing and testing them specialized work. Students accepted into this free program learn how to install and repair fiber optics and can also take part in a career networking session, allowing participants to meet local employers. Another program—Amazon’s Machine Learning University, is an accelerated, free course designed to give people the opportunity to jump in to learning and applying machine learning concepts to solve business problems.

Amazon’s plan to provide 29 million people around the world with skills builds on the commitment they made last year to invest $700 million to train 100,000 Amazon employees.