Amazon to Pay Full College Tuition for Its Front-Line Employees as Part of $1.2 Billion Investment in Education and Skills Training for U.S. Workforce
Amazon’s more than 750,000 operations employees in the
Company adds three new skills training programs for employees to help them transition into jobs as data center technology technicians, IT engineers, and user experience designers—Amazon employees now have access to nine education and skills training programs, all 100% funded by the company
“Amazon is now the largest job creator in the
Starting in January,
Funding for College Tuition. More than 750,000 operations employees across the
U.S.will be eligible to have their full college tuition paid for at hundreds of education partners across the country. In addition to funding associate and bachelor’s degrees, Amazon’s Career Choice will also fund high school completion, GEDs, and ESL proficiency certifications.
Amazonwill pay employees’ tuition and fees in advance rather than offering reimbursement after coursework completion, ensuring employees don’t need existing funds to start accessing the education options they want.
Amazonfront-line employees will have access to annual funds for education as long as they remain at the company, with no limit to the number of years they can benefit.
Fast Starts. All 750,000
U.S.hourly employees are eligible to participate in Career Choice 90 days after starting at Amazon. This makes all 400,000 employees who joined the company since the start of the pandemic eligible to access Amazon-funded education opportunities.
“I worked in a warehouse setting for years but knew I wanted to help people and had been curious about healthcare. In just nine months, I became a certified clinical medical assistant while working at
Additional New Skills Training Programs
In addition to the expanded Career Choice benefits,
AWS Grow Our Own Talent offers on-the-job training and job placement opportunities to
Amazonemployees and entry-level candidates with nontraditional backgrounds. The training will help them pursue roles to innovate within Amazon Web Services(AWS) data centers and safely deliver high-quality cloud computing services to customers. Participating employees are hired into roles like data center technicians and operations technicians, and complete in-person, on-the-job training for up to six months.
Surge2IT is designed to help entry-level IT employees across Amazon’s operations network pursue careers in higher-paying technical roles through self-paced learning resources. The course helps employees develop the skills necessary to advance their career in the information technology field, such as supporting the
AmazonRobotics picking and stowing technology. Participants who complete the course and move up at Amazoncan make an additional $10,000a year.
The User Experience Design and Research Apprenticeship programcombines instructor-led training and real-world experience in a one-year program that offers employees the opportunity to learn and develop skills in research and design on teams across
Amazon, including Prime Video, Alexa, AWS, and AmazonFashion. Graduates are ready for jobs that help improve the experience of Amazoncustomers, from making payments easier on Amazonsites to designing features that make devices more accessible.
“Today, there are not enough workers to fill every open job in
Two years ago,
Amazon Technical Academytrains employees from across the company to become Amazonsoftware engineers. The nine-month-long internal training program does not require a computer science background or a degree. Amazon Technical Academyhas placed 98% of its graduates into software development engineer roles within Amazon, with their salary and compensation packages increasing an average of 93% as a result. This year more than 40% of Amazon Technical Academygraduates came from Amazon’s operations network.
AmazonTechnical Apprenticeship program creates paths to technical jobs, primarily for veterans and military spouses looking to transition into technical professions. Amazoncurrently employs over 40,000 U.S.veterans and military spouses across multiple businesses and recently announced plans to hire 100,000 U.S.veterans and military spouses by 2024.
AWS Training and Certifications offers
Amazonemployees access to more than 500 free digital courses to build cloud computing knowledge. As part of this program, AWS Tech U offers an accelerated 48-week career-development program that blends project-based learning and on-the-job training to help early-career employees in technical fields advance their skills.
Machine Learning Universityis a state-of-the-art training program curated and delivered by Amazonemployees. It helps employees with a background in technology and coding gain graduate-level skills in machine learning and AI to solve customer problems.
Mechatronics and Robotics Apprenticeship program participants learn the skills and technical knowledge needed to pursue a technical maintenance role supporting Amazon’s robotics technology. Hundreds of
Amazonapprentices have earned nearly 3,000 certifications to date. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, participants could make an additional $16,000on average each year in their new roles at Amazon.
To explore Amazon’s full roster of education and skills training programs, visit: http://aboutamazon.com/upskilling2025.
The American Upskilling Study
Amazon’s new investment in free access to education programs for employees comes as the first-ever
The expectation of this salary boost, along with new skills that will help employees move into more technical and resilient industries, have made access to upskilling opportunities one of the most sought-after employee benefits by American workers right now. Currently, 70% of workers interested in upskilling say they would switch to a new job if offered free skills training. For young adults entering the labor market, employer-funded upskilling is more important than paid vacation time.
To access the full findings of the new