Amazon pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand
fields, regardless of relevancy to Amazon
Employees take classes on-site at eight Amazon fulfillment centers
with plans for an additional 25 classrooms
Career Choice is now open source – Amazon is sharing best practices
and lessons learned to help other companies implement similar programs
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 21, 2016--
(NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced milestones for its innovative Career
Choice Program. The key features of the company’s peculiar Career Choice
Program are that it pre-pays 95 percent of the cost of tuition to remove
the financial barrier associated with returning to school, makes it
easier for employees to participate by offering dedicated Career Choice
classrooms on-site, and exclusively supports coursework related to
in-demand fields according to sources like the Bureau of Labor
Statistics – even if those skills are not related to jobs at Amazon.
Since its inception four years ago, more than 7,000 Amazon employees in
10 countries have participated in Career Choice.
“We’re energized by the interest and enthusiasm in Career Choice that
we’ve seen from our employees,” said Dave Clark, senior vice president
of worldwide operations for Amazon. “Through Career Choice our employees
are becoming nurses, pharmacy technicians, accountants, and commercial
drivers – all high-demand fields and many that provide a great service
to the community. We’re very proud of our employees who are taking
advantage of the opportunity and look forward to seeing many more step
forward in the years to come.”
Since the launch of Career Choice, Amazon has made several enhancements
and incremental investments in the program since it first launched in
July of 2012:
Increased the amount of tuition pre-paid for courses to $12,000 over
Decreased the amount of time associates must be with the company to
become eligible to just one year of employment.
Reduced associate commuting times by bringing college and vocational
Created purpose-built classrooms at eight of its U.S. fulfillment
centers and announced
plans earlier this year to create an additional 25 dedicated
on-site Career Choice classrooms. (Associate participation rates at
fulfillment centers with dedicated on-site classrooms rose by 107
percent over prior years).
Beginning this year, most new fulfillment centers will be built with
on-site classrooms as part of their standard blueprint. Amazon will
also invest in building dedicated on-site classrooms at a dozen
additional existing fulfillment centers across the U.S.
Highlights of employee participation:
More than 7,000 hourly employees in 10 countries have participated in
More than 1,300 associates have taken a college-level course or
vocational program onsite at an Amazon fulfillment center. That’s the
equivalent enrollment of a small college.
Amazon associates have taken classes at nearly 1,500 different
educational institutions since the program’s inception. That’s more
than the number of public community colleges in the U.S.
Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game
design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and
radiology, to name a few. Top chosen fields of study for Amazon
employees are commercial driver license, computer and information
technology, health and sciences, and accounting.
The most popular course taken by Amazon employees is Commercial Driver
Training. Amazon employees have collectively driven semi-trailer
trucks more than 15 million miles as part of their training and in the
first months of their new careers. That’s the equivalent of traveling
around the world 600 times.
Amazon is now open-sourcing
the Career Choice Program and sharing its best practices and lessons
learned to help other companies implement similar programs. To learn
more about Career Choice and how it can be applied at other businesses,
contact Juan Garcia at CareerChoice@amazon.com.
In addition to the Career Choice Program, full-time hourly Amazon
employees receive competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits
package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting
on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.
Interested candidates can learn more or apply online at www.amazondelivers.jobs.
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competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational
excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
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