Amazon announced last week that it is planning to train 29 million people in cloud computing by 2025. The program’s agenda is to reskill people so they can get jobs in the information age where cloud computing is the prevailing technology.
The reskilling also comes when online commerce is the dominant force, with millions of people out of work because of the covid-19 pandemic.
Amazon’s latest initiative is looking at the people who are not already employed by the corporation. As of July this year, Amazon had 876,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.
The plan to reskill
At the time, the company was planning to add 133,000 people before the end of 2020. Globally, Amazon has a total of over 1,300,000 employees. The only company with more employees than Amazon is Walmart.
The program has free training support for those who want to get into entry-level positions and existing engineers looking to expand their skills in spaces like machine learning and cybersecurity.
Teresa Carlson, the Veep of Worldwide Public Sector and Industries at Amazon Web Services, says that the company has been working to make sure that it Is finding ways to train and certify individuals worldwide.
The Amazon that keeps expanding
She said this during a re:Invent presentation, where she also talked about how she pushed for a model where the company would work backward from making sure that the job skills needed are present before taking on more employees.
The Amazon training programs can be taken remotely and will include a wide selection of content.
Amazon’s commitment to train workers in cloud computing comes when most of its profits come from AWS, which accounted for $11.6 billion in sales for the third-quarter earnings.