Published on November 9, 2023, 3:29 am

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a new interactive learning tool called AWS Industry Quest. This game-based tool is specifically designed to address the growing digital skills gap in industries by helping individuals and organizations develop the necessary skills to build solutions for common use cases.

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated digital transformation efforts across various industries, which widened the gap in digital skills required for such transformation. In response to this challenge, AWS has launched AWS Industry Quest to support organizations of all sizes in bridging this skills gap.

Since 2017, AWS has trained over 5 million individuals across APAC with cloud skills, highlighting their commitment to closing the skills gap.

In the context of Hong Kong, AWS is actively promoting AWS Industry Quest: Financial Services. This initiative aims to empower professionals in the financial services industry to learn and build solutions for fraud prevention, data lakes for financial services, serverless deposit accounts, and more. The program will eventually expand its coverage to other industries as well.

Robert Wang, Managing Director at AWS Hong Kong & Taiwan, emphasized that specialist skills training plays a crucial role in transforming Hong Kong into an international innovation hub. He believes that by enabling learners and customers in financial services to acquire cloud-related skills effectively and enjoyably, they can contribute to innovation with confidence.

The demand for specialist talent with digital skills was highlighted in a recent survey conducted by KPMG in January 2022. The survey revealed that availability of specialized talent is one of the major concerns within the banking industry in Hong Kong. In order to tackle this talent shortage, businesses must prioritize digital skills training as an essential aspect of their operations.

AWS Industry Quest is available on AWS Skill Builder, which is an online learning platform provided by AWS. It offers engaging and experiential learning experiences through Skill Builder subscriptions tailored for individual learners and organizations based in various markets including Hong Kong.

According to Robert Wang, companies worldwide have been successful in upskilling their employees through game-based interactive learning. Thus, AWS Industry Quest for the Financial Services industry represents a significant step forward in providing an enjoyable and immersive learning experience.

Players participating in AWS Industry Quest: Financial Services can personalize their avatars, take charge of a virtual financial services firm, rebrand it, and boost its standing in the industry by completing solution-building exercises. Each solution exercise takes approximately one hour to complete, and participants can choose from over 20 solutions curated based on feedback from AWS industry experts and financial services customers. These exercises can be completed in any order.

The game-based learning environment of AWS Industry Quest offers players an opportunity to engage with challenges that encourage problem-solving and knowledge application. By successfully completing solutions, players increase key performance indicators (KPIs) for their virtual firms and earn rewards to unlock new workspace furniture and decor options. As they progress, players witness their one-story office grow into a multi-level building. Those who wish to share their achievements can do so through the selfie cam feature or receive a verifiable digital badge from AWS after completing all solution exercises.

AWS Industry Quest: Financial Services is currently available in English exclusively on personal computers via the AWS Skill Builder subscriptions.

This initiative by AWS signifies their dedication to empowering individuals and organizations with the skills they need to stay competitive in today’s digital landscape. Through innovative learning platforms like Industry Quest, professionals across industries can enhance their capabilities and contribute effectively to their respective sectors’ ongoing digital transformation efforts.

For more information about this game-based tool aimed at raising digital skills in the financial services sector, visit FutureCIO’s post titled “AWS’ game-based tool to raise digital skills of FSI pros.”

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