Amazon Boosts Size, Skills Of Labor Force

In moves to increase and improve its labor force, Amazon promoted more than 35,000 operations employees in 2020, with 30,000 employees having taken advantage of its Career Choice program. The company is set to add more than 100,000 seasonal jobs as well.

Amazon has invested more than $60 million in Career Choice, a program designed to help upskill people who are interested in joining a high-demand field. With more than half of participants from underrepresented minority groups, the program provides courses covering 20 different career paths including computer support specialist, web developer, nurse, aircraft mechanic, commercial trucker, paralegal/legal assistant, IT security assistant and network technician. In its professional development efforts, Amazon has partnered with more than 85 education partners and community colleges in the U.S. and continues to grow its educator network.

The company pointed out that it is in the midst of hiring more than 100,000 additional people in seasonal roles for its peak season, giving people flexible working options to earn money during the holidays and explore a career with the company.

“At Amazon, we believe in providing our employees with great jobs and better futures,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon vp/global customer fulfillment. “We’re proud to see our employees grow through promotions to the next level at Amazon and also through programs like Career Choice, which help them pursue careers in high-demand fields. These 35,000 newly-promoted Amazonians came from a variety of backgrounds, and many started in seasonal jobs like we’re announcing today. They have made a big impact for our customers and contributed to a positive and safe work environment, and we’re thrilled to congratulate them on their next step.”