Employment and Jobs

Kroger Innovates with “Educational Leave”

April 16, 2018  • 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. Among the many noteworthy components of Kroger’s new education support initiative, we are especially intrigued by the company’s “new educational leave of absence that allows associates to take time off work to focus on approved studies, while maintaining a role with the family of companies and their seniority.” We are eagerly monitoring this innovative new benefit and are excited to learn more in the coming weeks and months.

In addition, Kroger announced an array of other new and enhanced long-term associate benefits as part of its new Feed Your Future program. Kroger and its subsidiaries will now offer associates an employee education benefit of up to $3,500 annually ($21,000 over the course of employment) toward continuing education and development opportunities, including a high school equivalency exam, professional certifications, and advanced degrees, for all full- and part-time associates following six months of employment. Click here to learn more.

We are delighted with Kroger’s decision and commend them for joining a growing list of companies committed to advancing the upskilling movement in 2018.



Grocery list: ✅ Bread, ✅ Eggs, ✅ Milk, ✅ Opportunity. Learn how @kroger is putting education in every employee’s shopping cart.

“Many of our associates can attest to the life-changing power of education, and I’m proud to be one of them.”-Rodney McMullen, CEO @kroger

“Making education benefits available to more associates and at more generous levels than ever before is the best way to support their future.” -Rodney McMullen, CEO @kroger


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