The public cloud market is booming, and customer organizations have a growing need for Google Cloud experts. Sofigate, in collaboration with Academic Work and AW Academy, is organizing a 12-week training course for Google Cloud experts. At the end of the course, the participants will be employed by Sofigate. The course is free for participants. 

“Google Cloud experts are hard to find, and the need is only increasing in the future. It is estimated that in the next 5–10 years, demand will exceed supply in the expert market. Especially the largest top 100 companies in Finland need Google Cloud experts now and in the near future,” says Sakari Hyppänen, Public Cloud Program Director at Sofigate. 

The training course is part of Sofigate’s goal of building a competence center of 50 certified Google Cloud professionals. 

“We have bold goals that require bold moves. This training is one of them. Sofigate and Google Cloud are both relatively new players in the public cloud market. When two challengers join forces, something extraordinary usually happens”, Hyppänen says.  

Become a Google Cloud Expert in 12 weeks 

Sofigate’s partner in the training program is Academic Work. Their AW Academy specialises in intensive training for career changers, and the training is tailored to companies’ needs. AW Academy has created the Google Cloud training programme based on Sofigate’s needs and Academic Work responsible for the recruitment of course participants. 

“We do not require course applicants to have a specific background, but when selecting participants, we value learning ability, motivation, and general abilities that are needed in the work of a consultant at Sofigate”, says Vilja Saikkonen, Brand Manager at AW Academy.  

The application period for the Google Cloud training has started on 1 March 2021, and the participants will be selected at the end of May. 

“The course will begin with four weeks of independent pre-studies aimed to bring all participants to the same level. After pre-studies, on 21 June, we will move on to intensive training, which will last for 12 weeks”, Saikkonen continues. 

At the end of the course, the participants will start working as consultants at Sofigate through Academic Work.  After a year, Sofigate will have the opportunity to recruit the experts to work for them.  

“Sofigate, Academic Work and AW Academy have collaborated already in the past in training other technology professionals, and we have experienced that this arrangement really works. This is a good way for Sofigate to recruit the much-needed Google Cloud experts”, says Hyppänen. 


  • Google Cloud Platform is a public cloud platform that enables development of innovative solutions and storage and analysis of data with unlimited scalability. Google Cloud provides ready-made tools to harness data for business, including artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions. The Google Cloud Platform can be used to achieve cost efficiency and accelerate solution development by upgrading the IT infrastructure and business applications. The modern data platform built on the platform helps you to make better business decisions. In addition, Finnish customers can choose the Hamina data center as a storage location for their data, which operates very energy-efficiently and with low latency.
  • Sofigate is a business technology transformation company with approximately 600 employees in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Sofigate helps its customers develop the interplay between business and technology: to design, build and implement business-friendly technology solutions. The company utilises the world’s leading technology platforms such as ServiceNow, Salesforce, Oracle, SAP and Google Cloud.
  • Since 2015, Academic Work and AW Academy have been solving the shortage of experts by training and employing career changers through intensive training programmes tailored to the needs of companies. The recruitment process is on based on tests and interviews, and motivation, learning ability, attitude and personality are more important than background. After intensive training based on accelerated learning, the new professionals get a permanent job from Academic Work and start working for a client company. AW Academy also operates in Sweden, Norway and Germany, and a total of more than 1,700 experts have already completed the training. Academic Work also operates in Denmark and Switzerland. 

Train and become a Google Cloud expert for Sofigate! The application period is from 1 March to 11 April. Please note that applications are constantly reviewed, and the selections may be made before the end of the application period! 

(Information in Finnish) 

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