Amazon.com Inc. today announced a new program designed to train 29 million people to work in cloud computing by 2025.
The idea behind the program is to reskill people to be able to find jobs in the information age in which cloud computing, complete with online commerce dominates as millions have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon’s latest imitative is geared toward those who aren’t already employed at the company. As of July Amazon employed 876,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada and was planning to add 133,000 before the end of the year. The company itself employs 1.3 million people globally, making it the second-largest employer in the U.S. behind Walmart Inc.
The program includes free training support for those looking to prepare for entry-level support positions and for existing engineers looking to broader their enterprise skills in areas such as machine learning or cybersecurity.
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