Amazon to Upgrade Technical Skills of One Third of US Workforce

It has more than 630,000 employees worldwide

Amazon, training, technical skills
Job seekers line up to apply during "Amazon Jobs Day," a job fair being held at 10 fulfillment centers across the United States aimed at filling more than 50,000 jobs, at the Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, Aug. 2, 2017. VOA

Amazon will spend more than $700 million to provide additional training to about one-third of its U.S. workforce to upgrade their technical skills.

Amazon, which like other companies has struggled to find technically qualified U.S. employees, said it will provide its workers with the skills to transition into software engineering positions and technical roles.

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The Seattle company said Thursday that its U.S. workforce will hit 300,000 this year. It has more than 630,000 employees worldwide. Amazon.com Inc. has been criticized by labor groups and some politicians, including presidential candidates, over what they see as substandard working conditions. (VOA)

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