Amazon goes an extra mile to train its employees for skilled jobs within and outside the firm

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

12-July-2019  |  2 mins read

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Amazon has announced that it will spend US $ 700 million to train 100,000 workers by 2025, in order to allow the employees move into more highly skilled jobs in the new economy.

This programme will enable the employees working in fulfillment centres to move into technical roles regardless of past experience in IT.

Also, these training programmes will be offered to workers throughout all levels of the company and participants can pick one of the several programmes ranging from learning skills for other jobs at Amazon to earning certifications that could be used outside the company.

This follows growing concerns about automation and robots killing low-skilled jobs, leaving many workers non-eligible for new roles being created by technology.

Amazon said its employees would be offered training for positions as mapping specialists, data scientists, business analysts, logistics coordinators and other roles within the company. Amazon would also offer pre-paid tuition to train fulfillment centre associates in high-demand occupations of their choice, among other options.

“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,” said Beth Galetti, Senior Vice-President in Human Resources.

Amazon, like other large retailers, is trying to woo and retain workers in one of the tightest labour markets in the history. Last year, the e-commerce giant raised the minimum wage for its employees to US $ 15 an hour.

The firm said its US workforce will reach 300,000 employees this year.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now more job openings in the country – 7.4 million – than there are unemployed Americans, which stands at 6 million.

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