SUSE has partnered with global online learning platform Udacity to address an industry-wide talent shortage in the area of cloud native application delivery by launching a cloud native application architecture nanodegree programme.

The programme is aimed at aspiring cloud native practitioners, enterprises and government agencies and higher education institutions.

SUSE is also sponsoring 300 scholarships for aspiring cloud native practitioners for the full nanodegree curriculum. The scholarship awards will be merit based and allocated across a diverse range of course participants, with SUSE actively encouraging women and people from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in the programme.

Sarah Whitlock, vice president of the SUSE and Rancher community said: “Technology continues to change at lightning speed, and as a result so do business, education and public service entities, ready or not. Ongoing education is key to taking advantage of changing technology. This premier programme will empower application developers and operations specialists with leading-edge cloud native application delivery skills and expertise. To help strengthen the cloud native technology workforce, SUSE is pleased to fund 300 scholarships.”

Todd Floyd, vice president of scholarship and corporate social responsibility at Udacity added: “Partnering with SUSE to offer cutting-edge online course content and expert instruction using open-source technologies will provide a clear path for individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to build and deliver cloud-native applications. This scholarship programme empowers people at any stage of their career to expand their skills quickly with free nanodegree programmes.”