Starting in January, Amazon will fund full college tuition fees for its 750,000 operations employees across the U.S.—including those who have been at the company for as little as three months. Amazon has plans to expand the education and skills training benefits it offers to its U.S. employees with a total investment of $1.2 billion by 2025.
Through its Career Choice program, the company will fund full college tuition, as well as high school diplomas, GEDs, and English as a Second Language (ESL) proficiency certifications for its front-line employees. Amazon is also adding three new education programs to provide employees with the opportunity to learn skills within data center maintenance and technology, IT, and user experience and research design.
Amazon will pay employees’ tuition and fees in advance rather than offering reimbursement after coursework completion, ensuring employees don’t need existing funds to start accessing the education options they want.
Moreover, Amazon front-line employees will have access to annual funds for education as long as they remain at the company, with no limit to the number of years they can benefit.
In addition to the expanded Career Choice benefits, Amazon is also launching three new upskilling programs—AWS Grow Our Own Talent, Surge2IT, and The UXDR Apprenticeship—to provide even more career advancement opportunities for its employees.