Amazon Launches $700M Employee Training Program

Amazon said it plans to spend $700 million to train 100,000 of its employees to fill in-demand jobs such as data mapping specialist, data scientist, solutions architect and business analyst, as well as logistics coordinator, process improvement manager and transportation specialist.

The plan to train or upskill employees will include workers in its corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network.

The effort will include the Amazon Technical Academy, which equips non-technical Amazon employees with the essential skills to transition into software engineering careers. Associate2Tech trains fulfillment center associates to move into technical roles regardless of their previous IT experience. Machine Learning University will offer employees with technical backgrounds the opportunity to access machine learning skills via an on-site training program. Amazon Career Choice is a prepaid tuition program designed to train fulfillment center associates in high-demand occupations of their choice. Amazon Apprenticeship is a U.S. Department of Labor certified program providing paid intensive classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships. The AWS Training and Certification provides employees with courses to build practical AWS Cloud knowledge essential to operating in a technical field.

“Through our continued investment in local communities in more than 40 states across the country, we have created tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. in the past year alone,” said Beth Galetti, Amazon svp/human resources. “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, and to help them gain new skills and create more professional options for themselves. With this pledge, we’re committing to support 100,000 Amazonians in getting the skills to make the next step in their careers.”