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The initiative could help Amazon find and keep more workers With a strong economy and unemployment near a year low, workers have more options, giving employers a tougher time finding help. The training could also help Amazon. Late last year, Amazon raised the minimum wage for all its U. Most of the in-house training will be free for Amazon employees, the company said. It will offer several programs, depending on skill and job level.
A warehouse worker with no college degree, for example, could be trained to become an IT technician who keeps the computers and scanners in a warehouse running smoothly. More high-skilled workers, like those at its Seattle headquarters, could take software engineering classes to switch careers at Amazon or another company. Major retailers like Walmart and Target have been raising pay and boosting training to lure and retain employees and give shoppers a better in-store experience.
While customers are less likely to come face to face with an Amazon worker, the company said having better skilled talent can help it invent more products and make shopping more convenient for customers. Its Alexa voice assistant, for example, has been a hit for the company, allowing customers to reorder paper towels or play a song by talking to a voice-activated speaker.
Amazon said Thursday that it expects its total U. Worldwide, it has more than , employees, making it the second-biggest U. 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. There is also strong demand for workers skilled in logistics and transportation. Sections U.
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