Amazon investing $700M to 'upskill' 100000 workers

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The US tech giant said it would spend $700 million for its Upskilling 2025 program to train 100,000 employes to help them move into more skilled roles within or outside of Amazon.

Based on a review of its workforce and analysis of US hiring, Amazon's fastest-growing highly skilled jobs over the last five years include data mapping specialists, data scientists, solutions architects, security engineers and business analysts. Data mapping specialists have seen a job growth of 832 percent over the last five years. Data scientist positions grew by 505 percent. Solutions architect by 454 percent and others have also grown over one hundred percent. There is also strong demand for workers skilled in logistics and transportation.

Amazon is set to retrain 100,000 current workers before technology changes the way many employees do their jobs. Providing a combination of immersive learning and on-the-job training, the program has created paths to technical jobs for hundreds of candidates to break into careers including cloud support associate, data technician and software development engineer.

The move is just the latest in a series of efforts by large retailers to woo and retain workers in one of the tightest labor markets in history. The funding will cover a range of program both existing ones and new initiatives. And programs include Amazon Technical Academy (equips non-technical Amazon employees with the essential skills to transition into and thrive in software engineering careers), Associate2Tech (trains fulfillment center associates to move into technical roles regardless of their previous IT experience), Machine Learning University (offers employees with technical backgrounds the opportunity to access machine learning skills via an on-site training program), AmazonCareer Choice (a pre-paid tuition program created to train fulfillment center associates in high-demand occupations of their choice), Amazon Apprenticeship (a Department of Labor certified program that offers paid intensive classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships with Amazon), and AWS Training and Certification (provide employees with courses to build practical AWS Cloud knowledge that is essential to operating in a technical field). Another unique program is Machine Learning University, which trains employees for a career in artificial intelligence. 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. It will offer several programs, depending on skill and job level. This program offers classroom training and on the job apprenticeships with the company. The video appended is produced by Sanders.

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Amazon said Thursday that it expects its total US workforce to hit 300,000 this year. "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", Galetti said in a statement. Not long ago Amazon was under attack for the treatment of its workers Bernie Sanders has constantly attacked Amazon. However, the company has boosted its minimum wage up to 15 dollars.

On Friday, ex-Amazon workers said they'll stage a rally outside Chief Executive Jeff Bezos' new, $80 million mega-condo at 212 Fifth part of an eight-city protest after a leaked e-mail revealed that Amazon Web services said it would supply Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division with its facial-recognition software.

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