Amazon will invest more than $700 million for training 100,000 employees in its corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores and transportation centers across the U.S. The additional training will help them move into more highly skilled roles.
The pledge covers a number of programs designed to help employees from various backgrounds, including:
- Amazon Technical Academy, which helps non-technical Amazon employees transition into software engineering careers;
- Associate2Tech, which trains fulfillment center associates to move into technical roles;
- Machine Learning University, which offers employees with technical backgrounds on-site training for machine learning skills;
- AmazonCareer Choice, a pre-paid tuition program designed to train fulfillment center associates in occupations of their choice;
- Amazon Apprenticeship, a program that offers paid intensive classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships with Amazon; and
- AWS Training and Certification, which has courses that build practical AWS Cloud knowledge.
Amazon expects to have 300,000 total U.S. employees by the end of 2019. The e-Commerce giant’s fastest-growing job categories during the last five years have been for data mapping specialists (832%), data scientists (505%), solutions architects (454%), security engineers (229%) and business analysts (160%). Demand for highly skilled roles have increased by over 400% at the company.