Amazon to spend $700 million retraining its U.S. workers

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Amazon's Upskilling 2025 pledge invests in a range of new programs to serve employees from all backgrounds and Amazon locations.

The initiative is known as "Upskilling 2025" and will train 100,000 employees for in-demand technical professions by 2025.

These programs will enable Amazonians from all backgrounds to access training in order to move into highly skilled technical and non-technical roles across the company's corporate offices, fulfillment centers, tech hubs, retail stores, transportation network, or organizations outside of Amazon.

Amazon, which like other companies has struggled to find technically qualified United States employees, said it will provide its workers with the skills to transition into software engineering positions and technical roles. In less than a week's time, Amazon workers in the company's Shakopee, Minnesota, warehouse are planning a strike to coincide with the company's annual Prime Day sale.

Among the opportunities available to fulfillment workers are the Associate2Tech and Growing Career Choice programs. Participants can pick one of several programs, ranging from learning skills for other jobs at Amazon to earning certifications that could be used outside the company.

As college tuition in continues to skyrocket, workplace and career development programs is considered by some to be a useful alternative for individuals looking for training without the debt.

Other companies have rolled out similar training and education benefits created to boost employee retention in the tight labor market. The retraining programs The cost of the investment breaks down to about $7,000 per worker. "For us, creating these opportunities is just the beginning". Rapid digital transformation requires high-tech job skills and more US companies want to help existing employees transition to new roles.

"While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations", said Beth Galetti, a senior vice president of human resources at Amazon.

Amazon, using its own employment data, said its fastest growing skilled job positions over the last five years include data mapping, data science, security engineering and business analysis. Highly skilled jobs in customer fulfillment have grown by 400 percent.

"The future of work is now and the challenge is not just adapting to new technologies, but adapting to the dynamism of the economy, which will only accelerate", said Jason Tyszko, VP, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

This pledge furthers Amazon's commitment to supporting its employees. Last year, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 for all US employees, adding to its suite of benefits offered by the company, including comprehensive healthcare (medical, dental and vision coverage), up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave, 401 (k) matching, and more.



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