Information for Prospective Employers

What is the Yapang Initiative?

‘Yapang’ translates as ‘pathway’ from the Dunghutti language belonging to the First Australian peoples from the Macleay Valley of New South Wales. The Yapang Initiative seeks to address the needs of two groups, they are:

  • People that choose to become proficient in the latest and most relevant digital skills so they can perform technology roles and thrive in the burgeoning digital economy.
  • Organisations that have adopted (or are in the process of adopting) technologies but have found that demand for people with technology skills exceeds the supply, and this is hampering their organisational initiatives or objectives.

Goanna Education – a leading Indigenous Australian-owned technology education firm – have developed the Yapang Initiative to bring these two groups together for their individual and mutual benefit – with both sharing in a lasting positive outcome.

The Yapang Initiative delivers world-class technology education and training programs that address the contemporary technology talent challenges faced by organisations and provides people with a pathway into the technology sector a chance to build a long and successful career.

What is AWS re/Start?

AWS re/Start is a skills development and job training program that prepares learners for careers in the cloud. AWS re/Start provides support to learners in building career skills and helping them in the interview process to pursue entry-level roles that require AWS Cloud practitioner knowledge and skills. The program’s mission is to build local talent by providing AWS Cloud skills development to individuals who are unemployed or underemployed – and otherwise might not have access to this path. At the same time, the program educates a pipeline of diverse talent to employers. AWS re/Start is a full-time, skills development and training program that prepares individuals for entry-level cloud positions. 

After 12 weeks of training, the Yapang Initiative will connect AWS re/Start graduates to potential employers. AWS re/Start learners develop skills that prepares them for a career in the cloud. 

The Program’s mission is to build an entry-level cloud talent pool by providing cloud skills to unemployed or under-employed people.

Who is AWS re/Start for?

The Yapang Initiative AWS re/Start Program has been carefully designed to provide learners with a set of courses to build their cloud skills and capabilities – and assumes no prior experience with cloud technology.

Each cohort of learners, supported by professional mentors and accredited trainers, completes a 12-week training featuring real-world scenario-based learning, hands-on labs, and coursework. 

Potential Employers are invited to meet the learners whilst they are undertaking the course and will have the option to employ the learners as they graduate. 

What are the course details?

The course is offered free of charge to Learners.

Potential Learners are invited to undertake a pre-enrolment assessment. This is required to ensure that the Learners are well suited to the demands of the course, and that they will have the best chance to have a successful career in cloud technology.  Acceptance into the Program is at the sole discretion of Goanna Solutions.

The cost of the course is partly subsidised by AWS, with the balance of the costs borne by Potential Employers of the Program’s graduates.

Potential Employers are invited to meet the Learners whilst they are undertaking the course and will have the option to employ the Learners as they graduate.

A Placement Fee is payable by the Potential Employer upon engaging the graduate.

The AWS re/Start program has been successfully conducted in five countries globally, however it is new to Australia.  As such, Goanna Solutions and AWS are offering a special introductory Placement Fee for Potential Employers employing graduates from the first cohort of Learners in Australia.

The special introductory Placement Fee is $5,000 excl. GST.

Learners will also be provided with career mentoring and ongoing support after they have been employed.

Course subjects

All courses are delivered in person over video-conference style e-learning by highly experienced and certified AWS instructors using course materials developed by AWS. 

The Program covers subjects from both a theoretical and practical manner including hands-on laboratories that ensure learners can apply their new know-how for a deeper understanding.

learners will also undertake assessments on the skills they have acquired, and their progress will be recognised along the way, as well as at completion.   

The AWS re/Start Program curriculum comprises the following topics:   

IT Fundamentals:

This portion of the course provides a foundational understanding of key IT concepts and practices needed to learn and use cloud technology.  It covers:

  • Cloud Foundations 
  • Linux Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Python Fundamentals
  • Databases Fundamentals 
AWS Fundamentals:

This portion of the course introduces core AWS Cloud tools and services providing the learner with a working knowledge of the concepts behind cloud computing, AWS Cloud offerings and the AWS environment. It covers:

  • Cloud Concepts: What is Cloud Computing?
  • Cloud Concepts: Cloud Economics
  • Cloud Concepts: AWS Global Infrastructure
  • AWS Core Services: Storage Services
  • AWS Core Services: Compute Services
  • AWS Core Services: Database Services
  • AWS Core Services: Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, Auto Scaling
  • AWS Cloud Security
  • Cloud Architecting
  • Cloud Support Services 
AWS System Operations: 

This portion of the course is highly practical and guides learners in the use of AWS technology as a system operations team member. It covers:

  • Understanding AWS Systems Ops
  • Tooling and Automation
  • Computing Servers
  • Computing Scaling and Name Resolution
  • Computing Containers and Serverless
  • Computing Database Services
  • Monitoring and Security
  • Managing Resource Consumption

Next steps for potential employers

Please contact the team at the Yapang Initiative on and we’ll provide you with more details around the opportunities we have in upcoming cohorts and details around how your organisation can support the Yapang Initiative and also access a reliable supply of skilled people.