Washington-based tech and retail giant Amazon announced an agreement with the Department of Labor to set up a registered apprenticeship program that trains vets for tech careers at Amazon.
Last May, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced a goal to hire 25,000 veterans over the next five years, and this new program is a great step for the company and the community in that direction.
From the Department of Labor website, ApprenticeshipUSA is a registered apprenticeship program described as:
“A national system of employer-driven on-the-job training delivered through partnerships with companies like yours. With a network of over 150,000 employers in more than 1,000 occupations, Registered Apprenticeship has trained millions of apprentices for over 75 years. Registered Apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards.”
Secretary of Labor Chris Lu talked of the importance of adding a company with the status of Amazon, saying “Partnerships like this one have reinvigorated our nation’s apprenticeship system, creating opportunity and pathways to prosperity for hundreds of thousands of Americans that will last for years to come.”
Amazon joins UPS, Tesla, Ford and 200 other employers in the veteran-geared ApprenticeshipUSA program. For more info, check out this press release from the Department of Labor.