Amazon to offer training to 100,000 of its US employees
Employees will be offered training for positions as mapping specialists, data scientists, business analysts, logistics co-ordinators and other roles
Washington — Amazon announced plans on Thursday to offer job training to around one-third of its US workforce to help them gain skills to adapt to new technologies.
The US tech giant said it would spend $700m for its Upskilling 2025 programme to train 100,000 employees to help them move into more skilled roles within or outside of Amazon.
The move comes amid growing concerns that automaton and robots are killing low-skilled jobs and that many workers lack training for new roles being created by technology.
Amazon said its employees would be offered training for positions as mapping specialists, data scientists, business analysts, logistics co-ordinators and other roles within the company.
Beth Galetti, Amazon senior vice-president for human resources, said the programme would not be limited to training for roles within the company and that training would be offered for jobs in healthcare, machine learning, manufacturing, robotics, computer science, cloud computing and other sectors.
"While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations," Galetti said in a statement.
"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 said official US reports show there are about 7.4-million job openings and roughly six-million unemployed, with employees needed as medical assistants, statisticians, software developers, nurse practitioners, and wind turbine service technicians.
A recent study suggested robots are expected to take over about 20-million manufacturing jobs worldwide by 2030, extending a trend of worsening social inequality while boosting overall economic output, a new study shows.
The forecast in June by Oxford Economics, a private British-based research and consulting firm, said job displacement from the rise of robots will not be evenly spread around the world, or within countries.