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Amazon, seeking more skilled workers, will do the training

Amazon, seeking more skilled workers, will do the training

Amazon announced it will spend $700 million over the next six years to help retrain a third of its USA workforce to adapt to an economy increasingly disrupted by automation and new technology.

The e-commerce giant, which is increasingly using robots to help sort and deliver packages, said it will retrain 100,000 workers by 2025 to allow employees move into more highly skilled jobs within the company or find new careers outside of Amazon, according to a statement Thursday.

Associate2Tech: a program that provides fulfillment center associates the opportunity to move into technical roles, regardless of their previous IT experience, within Amazon's vast operations network. "Amazon is demonstrating the new role employers must play to counter that challenge, fostering a new relationship with workers where maintaining and growing their skills is an imperative for business success".

The e-commerce behemoth found that its fastest growing jobs in recent years were highly skilled technical positions, such as data mapping specialists, data scientists, and solutions architects.

The idea is to help Amazon employees progress into more advanced jobs or even new positions outside of the company.

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"While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations", said Beth Galetti, Amazon's head of HR, in a prepared statement.

The new program, called Upskilling 2025, encompasses a range of new and expanded training programs. Helping employees adjust to the digital transformation of the economy also could assuage labor groups and lawmakers such as Senator Bernie Sanders who say Amazon needs to improve working conditions for its employees.

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The big picture: Amazon is making a financial commitment to prepare its USA employees for a near future where everything in their workflow will be deeply disrupted by automation. We think it's important to invest in our employees, and to help them gain new skills and create more professional options for themselves.

Amazon will provide technical training to about one-third of its USA workforce, both to address the need for more skilled workers and to better compete against rivals. "In addition, robotic animation benefits employees, as they take over performance of fulfillment centers' less desirable, more tedious tasks". The company said in October that it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for United States employees.