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Amazon expands schooling perk for employees to cowl full school tuition

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Amazon on Thursday mentioned it’s increasing the schooling advantages it gives to US staff. The web retail big mentioned it can make investments $1.2 billion in schooling and abilities coaching by 2025, together with full tuition at “a whole lot of schooling companions” within the US.

“Amazon is now the most important job creator within the US, and we all know that investing in free abilities coaching for our groups can have a huge effect for a whole lot of 1000’s of households throughout the nation,” mentioned Dave Clark, CEO of worldwide shopper at Amazon, within the launch. Clark added that, to this point, over 50,000 Amazon staff globally have already participated within the firm’s Profession Alternative schooling program. 

Beginning in January, greater than 75,000 operations staff will likely be eligible to have their full school tuition paid for — together with affiliate and bachelor’s levels — by means of Amazon’s Profession Alternative program. Amazon mentioned it can additionally fund highschool completion, GEDs and English as a Second Language certificates. The corporate mentioned it can pay for tuition and costs upfront, fairly than making staff apply for reimbursement. Workers are eligible for this system 90 days after beginning, Amazon mentioned, and there is not any restrict on the variety of years they will use the profit. 

The elevated schooling perk comes as corporations compete for employees amid a labor scarcity within the US. Walmart and Goal additionally expanded their schooling advantages this 12 months as corporations look to draw employees with greater than only a paycheck. 

Whereas the schooling advantages might attraction to some, Amazon has additionally confronted criticism for its remedy of warehouse and supply employees, together with not paying employees for time spent in line or being screened. Amazon staff have additionally protested over situations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with some saying enough security measures weren’t in place.