Employment and Jobs

A Staggering 225,000 People Will Graduate from Walmart University This Year

May 20, 2017  • Lindsay Rittenhouse

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news featuring one of our partners.

By this time next year, a whole army of Walmart workers will be better trained. Walmart expects to graduate 225,000 employees from its new training academies this year, CEO Doug McMillon revealed on Thursday.

Last February, the same day Walmart raised wages for 1.2 million employees, it opened its first training academy. The academies, which are often in separate buildings on a Walmart store site, teach employees fundamental retail skills that go beyond stocking shelves and customer service, such as which items are turning a profit and why. The retailer hopes that the training will allow its employees to move up the chain and possibly find a career in management at Walmart.

This piece was excerpted from “A Staggering 225,000 People Will Graduate from Walmart University This Year” by TheStreet’s Lindsay Rittenhouse. Click here to read more.

Walmart and Walmart.org are supporters of UpSkill America, an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program.


Join the upskilling movement

To learn more about UpSkill America, follow us on social media and join our mailing list to receive new resources and announcements.