Amazon to give near-free tuition to warehouse workers – Jul. 23, 2012

NEW YORK CNN Money — Amazon‘s homepage got a very different look Monday, featuring a long update from the company‘s CEO about a jobs initiative for some of its lowest-paid workers.

The e-commerce company said it will provide its warehouse employees with up to $2,000 of the tuition costs for training in well-paying, high-demand careers. Among the acceptable fields are aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies and nursing, Amazon said.

Labeling the initiative as an “experiment,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote that the so-called Career Choice Program will give warehouse employees the opportunity to advance their careers, even if their field of choice is unrelated to Amazon.

“It can be difficult in this economy to have the flexibility and financial resources to teach yourself new skills,” said Bezos in his hompage statement. “We’re excited about it and hope it will pay big dividends for some of our employees.”

As its guide, Amazon is looking at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to dictate the fields for which it will fund training. The government agency has been reporting for years that, despite high unemployment, there are many companies in well-paying fields that are eager to fill positions. An education gap and lack of adequately trained professionals have made hiring for those positions difficult, particularly for science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs.

via Amazon to give near-free tuition to warehouse workers – Jul. 23, 2012.

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