Amazon offers to pay college fees of 750,000 frontline US workers
Company is latest big US firm to offer education-focused perks to workers after Walmart, Target and Kroger
Mark Sweney, The Guardian (UK)
10 Sep 2021
Amazon has offered to pay the cost of college tuition fees for 750,000 of its frontline workers, the latest move by a major US company to offer perks to attract and retain staff amid a labour shortage.
The company, which is investing $1.2bn (£0.86bn) in the scheme by 2025, said it would cover the cost of college tuition fees and textbooks for US hourly staff after 90 days of employment for as long as they remain at Amazon.
It will also begin covering the cost of other types of education, including high school diplomas and English-language courses, as well as extending on-the-job career training to 300,000 people.
“Amazon is now the largest job creator in the US,” said Dave Clark, the chief executive of worldwide consumer at Amazon, in a blogpost. “We know that investing in free skills training for our teams can have a huge impact for hundreds of thousands of families across the country.”
Amazon is the latest big US firm to offer education-focused perks to workers after similar moves by Walmart, Target and Kroger. Last month...