Amazon noted in its announcement that it had seen a 460% spike in employee interest for its Amazon Technical Academy upskilling program over the past 18 months. The company said it began offering virtual training sessions during the pandemic and expanding its upskilling programs to account for the increasing demand.
“Amazon is now the largest job creator in the U.S., and we know that investing in free skills training for our teams can have a huge impact for hundreds of thousands of families across the country,” Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, said in a statement. “This new investment builds on years of experience supporting employees in growing their careers, including some unique initiatives like building more than 110 on-site classrooms for our employees in Amazon fulfillment centers across 37 states.”
Other major retailers have been introducing education benefits for their workers, too. Last month, Target announced plans to reimburse its U.S. associates for education costs for select undergraduate degrees and certification programs. The month before that, Walmart said it changed its policy to cover all of the expenses for its Guild Education employee learning program.Retail Dive