Amazon announced last week that the company is planning to bring 100,000 full-time jobs to the United States by 2018. It also stated that it will focus on offering a registered ApprenticeshipUSA program, created in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, to offer training to veterans.
In May of 2016, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledged to hire at least 25,000 veterans and their spouses over a five year period. Many of these veterans will be selected to train for “in-demand technical careers” with the company.
“We believe this is the right thing to do for our veterans and military spouses, for Amazon, and for our hundreds of millions of customers,” Bezos said, adding that the company was “excited to keep hiring and training these incredible leaders.”
A press release from the U.S. Department of Labor revealed that the first participants will be trained for the AWS Could Support Associate position. The program will consist of a 16-week technical training program and a 12-month paid apprenticeship. Many veterans hope to land full time positions with the online retail distribution outlet after the program is complete. Those that are not hired on full time will have a valuable skill set which can be used for positions with other employers.
The Labor Department announced that over 200 companies, colleges, and labor organizations have signed on to participate in the larger ApprenticeshipUSA program, Amazon and Tesla Motors being two standout participants.