The online giant is revealing how it plans to invest more than $700 million on its human work force to provide 100,000 US employees with new skills for the digital age.
Still, the company says its free retraining programs will help employees get "highly skilled roles within or outside of Amazon".
"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 USA in the past year alone", Amazon SVP Beth Galetti said in a statement.
The program would enable employees who work in fulfillment centers to move into technical roles regardless of any previous IT experience.
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In the tightest labor market in a half-century, Amazon is competing with other companies to hire the best and brightest and could help sidestep that challenge with a renewed emphasis on training. "While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations".
Inc. has also faced criticism from labor groups and some politicians, including presidential candidates, over what they see as substandard working conditions.
The idea is to help Amazon employees progress into more advanced jobs or even new positions outside of the company. After reviewing internal employment and hiring data, it found the fast-growing, highly skilled jobs included data-mapping specialists, data scientists, solutions architects and business analysts.
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"Through its Upskilling 2025 pledge, Amazon is focused on creating pathways to careers in areas that will continue growing in years to come, including healthcare, machine learning, manufacturing, robotics, computer science, cloud computing, and more", the company said in a statement. Amazon Apprenticeship provides paid classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships within Amazon. "By offering these benefits to the portion of their workforce which is least upwardly mobile, these workers will be more effective and productive, both in and outside of Amazon". The company said in October that it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for U.S. employees.