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Amazon pledges to retrain 100,000 U.S. workers

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Amazon pledges to retrain 100,000 U.S. workers

Amazon pledges to retrain 100,000 U.S. workers

Amazon on Thursday pledged to spend $700 million to retrain 100,000 employees - about a third of its U.S. workforce - by 2025.

Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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Amazon pledges to retrain 100,000 U.S. workers

For Amazon workers wary about more and more of these robots taking over their work there's now a path ahead.

The e-commerce giant on Thursday said it will invest $700 million dollars to retrain 100, 000 staffers - about a third of its U.S. workforce by 20-25.

The program is open to workers from warehouses to corporate offices.

For example, someone with no technical background can pick up skills for a software engineering career and those with technical background can be trained for machine learning skills.

The announcement comes at a time when Amazon faces criticism about poor pay and working conditions even after it hiked minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour last year.

And One group of workers at a warehouse in Minnesota recently called for a strike during next week's Amazon Prime Day sales.

Reuters reporter Jeffrey Dastin.

(SOUNDBITE) ENGLISH REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, JEFFREY DASTIN, SAYING: "While we are in a period of historically low unemployment.

There are questions as to what will change when more and more work is automated such as the hundreds of thousands of jobs that Amazon has created in its warehouses worldwide //Amazon has offered programs for retraining its workers before.

What's new now is the scope.

There are more programs and it's going to invest more money over a long period of time in that I guess one.

One interesting thing about the announcement is Amazon is upfront that the workers who are retrained aren't necessarily going to get those higher skilled jobs at Amazon." While the training can help Amazon find the talent it needs, its human resources executive in a statement says quote "it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations" and adds Amazon wants to help create more professional options for its employees.

Amazon says its fastest growing highly-skilled jobs in the past five years include data mapping specialists, data scientists, logistics coordinators and transportation specialists.



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