Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: Amazon to Pay Full College Tuition for Front-line Employees

September 9, 2021  • UpSkill America

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 from one of our partners.

Amazon plans to expand the education and skills training benefits it offers to its US employees with a total investment of $1.2 billion by 2025. Through its popular 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—including those who have been at the company for as little as three months. 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. More than 750,000 employees will be eligible, and can access these funds for as long as they remain at the company, with no limit to the number of years they can benefit. 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. Click here to read more.


.@Amazon announced their commitment to funding full college tuition, high school diplomas, GEDs, & English as a Second Language proficiency certifications for its employees through its Career Choice program! #upskilling

#Upskilling transforms lives. Here at @UpskillAmerica, we are excited to hear that @Amazon announced plans to expand their education and skills training benefits, with a total investment of $1.2 billion by 2025.

A win for #upskilling: @Amazon plans to invest $1.2 billion in #upskilling programs and provide free skills training to 300,000 employees over the next four years.

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