Through amazing initiatives like the Amazon Technical Academy, Amazon is fulfilling its promise to up-skill 100,000 Amazonians by 2025

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Amazon is on the road to up-skilling 100,000 Amazonians

 July 17, 2019

Amazon is pledging to up-skill 100,000 U.S. employees by 2025 through programs like Amazon Technical Academy. In a blog penned by Meg Coyle, Content Creator and Storyteller at Amazon, the company explains how it is helping individuals within the company to progress. 

Chelsea took career inspiration from the imaginary world

Meg writes: Playing video games like Amazon’s The Grand Tour Game has always fueled Chelsea James' imagination. She enjoys the ability to become someone else – from race car driver, to cyborg, to warrior princess. A life-long gamer, Chelsea grew up playing video games with her dad and brother, immersing herself in different worlds that challenged her assumptions. "I gain more self-knowledge and self-awareness through video games," said Chelsea. "I love playing different genres and challenging myself. I just keep learning more about myself the more I play."

That imaginary world is what inspired Chelsea to change her reality. While working as an Amazon Digital Marketer, she joined the Amazon Technical Academy to develop the skills needed to create her own video game. The academy is an end-to-end learning and placement program designed to transition Amazon employees without software engineering backgrounds into technical roles within the company.

Ashley Rajagopal, Program Manager of Amazon Technical Academy, said: "Amazon has a lot of people who are working on products, and now they want to build them. There is a huge need for software developers, and not just at Amazon. This program helps fill that gap that exists in industry right now."

Chelsea is living her dream after graduating from Amazon Technical Academy in 2018. She now works as a Software Development Engineer supporting Twitch Prime and loves her work: "It marries my passion for video games, entertainment and the arts with this newfound engineering skill set."

Amazon technical academy teaches Amazonians new skills

Amazon Technical Academy is among a growing list of programs that provide Amazon employees, like Chelsea, with the resources to gain critical new skills for in-demand roles, at Amazon and beyond. The company has pledged to skills train 100,000 employees by 2025, and the Academy will play a key role in achieving that. 

"Through our continued investment in local communities in more than 40 states across the country, we have created tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. in the past year alone," said Beth Galetti, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

"For us, creating these opportunities is just the beginning. While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations. We think it's important to invest in our employees, and to help them gain new skills and create more professional options for themselves. With this pledge, we're committing to support 100,000 Amazonians in getting the skills to make the next step in their careers."

To learn more about Amazon’s upskilling initiatives, click here.

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