Amazon and the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 that they plan to create a registered apprenticeship program to train veterans for tech jobs at Amazon. One of the unique benefits of this agreement is that the veterans can earn a salary while learning the skills needed for the job. This new program happens through ApprenticeshipUSA program, which currently has over 200 employers, colleges and labor organizations that have signed on to become part of the apprenticeship.
This announcement follows Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announcement last May that the company has set a goal to hire 25,000 veterans – and spouses of military personnel – over the next five years.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Deputy Chris Lu praised Amazon in a press release saying, “We are pleased that Amazon is joining the remarkable group of forward-looking organizations that are pursuing innovations in apprenticeship for the 21st century. Partnerships like this one have reinvigorated our nation’s apprenticeship system, creating opportunity and pathways to prosperity for hundreds of thousands of Americans that will last for years to come.”
Thus far, Amazon and Tesla are the only major tech companies that have created registered apprenticeship programs. Conspicuous by their absence are tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.