The U.S. Department of Labor signed an agreement with Amazon to train 25,000 veterans for tech jobs with the online retail company.
“We are pleased that Amazon is joining the remarkable group of forward-looking organizations that are pursuing innovations in apprenticeship for the 21st century,” Deputy Secretary Chris Lu said, according to a Jan. 19 press release. “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.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company’s intention to participate in the program during a speech at the White House in May 2016, according to Digital Trends.
“We believe this is the right thing to do for our veterans and military spouses, for Amazon, and for our hundreds of millions of customers,” Bezos said, adding that the company was “excited to keep hiring and training these incredible leaders.”
Inc. reported that Amazon will also train 10,000 veterans in cloud computing skills as part of the Joining Forces Initiative, which was set up by former first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the former vice president.
Amazon's deal with the Department of Labor is part of the ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS program, which has more than 200 employers, colleges and labor organizations taking part.
The Department of Labor said that more than 206,000 individuals have entered the apprenticeship system in 2016. Overall, more than 505,000 people are working as apprentices.