Amazon.com Inc. said today that any of its 750,000 operational workers in the United States who desire to pursue higher education would be reimbursed for all tuition costs.
The e-commerce behemoth announced covering fees, books, and classes as part of a $1.2 billion investment in education and skills training. Amazon also announced that it would provide fully-funded training courses for employees who wish to advance their careers and work in more technical areas as part of the same programme.
Suppose college is too far away for some of the company’s front-line employees. In that case, they can now pursue a high school diploma, the General Educational Development certificate, or enrol in English as a second language course.
“We believe that investing in free skills training for our workers can have a big impact for hundreds of thousands of families across the country,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s global consumer chief executive.
“We started Career Choice almost ten years ago to assist remove the two largest hurdles to continuing education — time and money — and we’re now expanding it even further to cover full tuition and add many more disciplines of study.”
It may seem too good to be true. Still, Amazon is following several prominent firms in the United States that have recently given various paid education and training programs to attract workers in a competitive employment market. Waste Management Inc. went a step further in May, offering free college to employees and family members. Walmart Inc., Amazon’s primary competitor, is now providing free college tuition as well.
Working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses have been criticized in the past, but the business has made some improvements in what has been a busy period for the company. Amazon has seen enormous revenue increases since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Amazon has had to increase its employees as a result of the expansion significantly.
Free education could decide whether or not people select Amazon as a place to work or stay. While providing training and instruction to employees is nothing new in the business sector, allowing blue-collar warehouse workers and truck drivers to earn a free college diploma is unprecedented. There’s also plenty of evidence that such a qualification, on the whole, lays a person up for a better life in terms of earning potential.