With increasing automation on the horizon and the need to fill more technical roles, Amazon has announced that it will invest $700 million to retrain over 100,000 employees by 2025 with new skills in high-demand fields such as medicine, software engineering, IT and machine learning.
Through Upskilling 2025, Amazon offers training programs to help its employees gain the skills required to obtain higher skill, better paying jobs. They're not just designed to keep workers within Amazon, but also to help employees transition into more highly skilled roles outside of Amazon.
"For us, creating these opportunities is just the beginning. While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations. We think it’s important to invest in our employees to help them gain new skills and create more professional options for themselves." Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President of Human Resources
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
Machine Learning University (MLU) An initiative that helps Amazonians with a background in technology and coding gain skills in Machine Learning.
Amazon Technical Academy A training and job placement program that equips non-technical Amazon employees with the essential skills to transition into, and thrive in, software engineering careers.
Associate2Tech A program that provides fulfillment center associates the opportunity to move into technical roles, regardless of their previous IT experience, within Amazon’s vast operations network.
Career Choice Amazon’s pre-paid tuition program for fulfillment center associates looking to move into high-demand occupations.
Amazon Apprenticeship A Department of Labor certified program that offers paid intensive classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships with Amazon.
AWS Training and Certification Amazon employees have access to free classroom and digital training to build cloud knowledge, and discounted AWS Certification exams to validate cloud expertise.
Working at Amazon
Amazon offers a minimum wage of $15/hr along with comprehensive benefits from day one for it's employees, and they continue to invest in their employees with training and career support. Working conditions at their fulfillment centers have been under scrutiny lately but they extend an open invite to anyone to visit and see for themselves. Have you ever visited an Amazon fulfillment center? What did you think? Would you like to tour a fulfillment center? We'd love to hear about your experience! Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call: (303) 536-5505.