Amazon Shares Secrets For Helping Its Employees Move On

Amazon's Career Choice program, aimed primarily at its lower-wage warehouse workforce, pre-pays 95 percent of employees' tuition and fees for courses in in-demand fields.

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Amazon.com plans to release the details of its unique tuition-assistance program in hopes that other companies will implement similar perks.

Juan Garcia, Amazon's Global Leader for Career Advancement, wrote in a LinkedIn post last week that the e-retail giant wants to share "the lessons we have learned" from Career Choice.

"We’re eager for others to build upon it, tailor it for their own use cases, and improve upon it," Garcia wrote.

The program, aimed at the e-retailer's primarily lower-wage warehouse workforce, pre-pays 95 percent of employees’ tuition and fees for courses in in-demand fields — regardless of whether or not they relate to their duties at Amazon.

Garcia wrote that more than 6,000 Amazon employees have taken advantage of the program during its first four years.

Although the program can help employees move on to a wide range of more lucrative careers, officials believe that the company ultimately benefits from employees that regard their time at Amazon as "positive and valuable."

"The last thing any enlightened company wants is for any employee in their company to feel trapped in that job,” CEO Jeff Bezos said at a recent conference. "If they want to be there, great. But if they want to be a nurse, then help them do that."

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