The menu of training options was based on a review of the company's jobs and analysis of hiring data from its US workforce.
The e-tail giant is pledging to "upskill" 100,000 of its employees across the U.S.by 2025, committing more than $700 million to provide workers with access to training programs that will help them move into more highly skilled roles in Amazon or in other companies.
The program appears to be an acknowledgement of the rapid change to work, particularly in Amazon warehouses, where employees' tasks routinely change thanks to new robots and technologies being added. "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". However, the company has faced repeated criticism for the working conditions at its warehouses.
Amazon did not confirm whether it plans to roll out training to employees outside of the United States in the future.More news: Forget the iPhone 11: Expect Three 5G iPhones in 2020
Lawmakers, including USA presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have also threatened to regulate the company.
Amazon is embarking on a $700 million effort to retrain its USA workforce, in a high-profile acknowledgment of the impact of technology and automation on jobs and the workforce.
"While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations", Beth Galetti, Amazon's senior vice president of human resources, said in a statement.
For example, warehouse workers in fulfillment centers could be trained for technical roles in IT and nontechnical workers could be retrained as software engineers, even if they have limited technical background.More news: Nicki Minaj Pulls Out Of Saudi Arabia Festival, Gives Reason
Amazon, using its own employment data, said its fastest growing skilled job positions over the last five years include data mapping, data science, security engineering and business analysis.
Amazon Technical Academy, Associate2Tech, and Machine Learning University are new programs, while the e-tailer is also building upon the existing AmazonCareer Choice, Amazon Apprenticeship, and AWS Training and Certification programs. Workers need to only pay 5 percent of the tuition costs.
In total, Amazon employs 630,000 workers globally. According to Amazon's website, the retraining programs will largely be conducted virtually and via on-site classrooms. "We are starting (the retraining programs) in the U.S., but this is a long-term commitment and just the beginning", an Amazon spokesperson told PCMag.More news: This "Champ Stamp" is the Greatest Bad Tattoo You’ll Ever See