Amazon staff who’re filling boxes in warehouses could be the industry’s next engineers.
The corporate introduced Thursday that it will spend more than $700 million to train 100,000 employees for higher-skilled jobs over the next six years.
These training programs will probably be provided to workers throughout all levels of the corporate, not just those in warehouses. Participants can pick one among several programs, ranging from learning skills for other jobs at Amazon to earning certifications that might be used outside the corporate.
The move is just the latest in a series of efforts by giant retailers to woo and retain employees in one of the tightest labor markets in history. For instance, Walmart last month introduced a new program that can pay for college test preparation for its high school workforce.
Amazon will pay for workers to attend the corporate’s Machine Learning University or learn software development skills by its Amazon Technical Academy. Staff can also take part in apprenticeships and get the Amazon Web Services cloud certification at a discount.
Some advantages apply only to certain workers. Amazon is pledging to pay as much as 95% of the price of tuition for fulfillment-center staff looking to earn a certificate or diploma in a field that is in high demand.
Last year, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 and rolled out extra well-being advantages for workers, like 20 weeks of paid parental leave. Though the corporate has provided training within the fields mentioned above for a while, Ardine Williams, Amazon’s vice president of workforce improvement, stated the company is investing more into these programs to make Amazon an even more attractive employer for present associates and people looking for a job.