21 Jul Amazon to Hire 100,000 Veterans and Spouses by 2024
On Tuesday, Amazon announced that the company would be providing job opportunities to 100,000 US Veterans by 2024. According to the company officials, more than 40,000 Vets and spouses are currently employed by Amazon. While some are employed under operations, others are employed for Alexa and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Amazon’s director of Global Military Affairs, John Quintas, said, “Amazon is focused on recruiting and developing military talent with training programs specifically designed to help veterans transition into roles in the private sector.”
To help transitioning Veterans and their family members find a preferred career path, Amazon will continue to offer job opportunities and training courses in fields like cloud computing etc.
Eric Eversole, Vice president at the US Chamber of Commerce, appreciated the company’s initiative to pay back the services of military members. He said, “Amazon recognizes the diverse backgrounds and experiences veterans and military spouses bring and how they strengthen the workforce, through their commitment to providing upskilling and employment opportunities in high demand careers. Amazon is equalizing opportunity for Veterans and military spouses.”
A statement from Amazon also stated that the company has several programs like Amazon Technical Apprenticeship Program and AWS re/Start. They also offer upskilling programs in technicals skills through Career Choice and Amazon Technical Academy programs.
These programs train the applicants in technical and non-technical fields that will be of use in the coming years. This helps the former military members to get high-earning jobs and secure their future post-retirement.
Currently, the company’s goal is to hire 16000 military spouses through their military spouse programs. These programs allow applicants to pursue the field they most desire and ensures they are qualified through on-the-job training, mentorship programs and classes.
According to the program manager of Military Spouse Programs, Beth Conlin, “Amazon truly values what military spouses bring to the workforce.”