Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: New Amazon Program Offers Free Career Training in Robotics

January 27, 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.

Today, Amazon announced the creation of its new Mechatronics and Robotics Apprenticeship (MRA) Program, which trains employees “on the skills and technical knowledge needed to fulfill one of these technical maintenance roles.” All employees are eligible to apply for the first phase of the program, which includes a 12-week course and a year of on-the-job learning. After that, “top-performing employees who successfully complete the first phase of the program may be selected for the second phase, which provides additional training with one of our higher education partners, followed by approximately two years of on-the-job learning, after which participants will be eligible for even more skilled and higher-paying roles in technical maintenance.” Higher education partners include Vincennes University, Wake Technical Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, and Dallas College. The MRA program is part of Amazon’s Upskilling 2025 initiative, a $700 million commitment to upskill 100,000 employees by 2025. Click here to read more.

We’re pleased to see forward-looking companies like Amazon continue to advance the upskilling movement even during this challenging time. As we noted before the start of the pandemic, downturns are a crucial time to invest in upskilling. We hope employers continue to take this message to heart.


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🤖 *𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗽* Check out @Amazon’s new Mechatronics & Robotics #Apprenticeship. Like robots, #upskilling is about the future. As the pandemic rages on, forward-looking companies are making smart investments in their workforce.

#Upskilling alert: @Amazon’s new robotics #apprenticeship includes a 12-week course and a year of on-the-job learning. All employees are eligible to apply. Ed partners include @VincennesU, @waketechcc, @LehighCarbonCC, & @dallascollegetx.

[email protected]’s new Mechatronics and Robotics #Apprenticeship Program is the latest entry in its #Upskilling 2025 initiative, a $700 million commitment to upskill 100,000 employees by 2025. Learn more.


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