Amazon.com Inc. is expanding its employee benefits program with free career coaching, college advisement and other specialized career services.
The new offerings will provide employees with virtual one-on-one coaching to help them identify the academic programs that best fit their skills and long-term goals, as well as continuous support throughout their higher education experience, according to a press release.
The program, which already offers pre-paid college tuition to Amazon’s more than 750,000 hourly employees, was designed to put employees on a path toward well-paying, in-demand professions with a coaching framework that empowers them along the way, noted the release.
“While [the program] has always been complemented by advisement services, feedback from participants has shown that more comprehensive and ongoing coaching would help employees choose programs better aligned to their career goals,” said Tammy Thieman, Amazon’s global director for the program, in the release. “We want Amazon team members to successfully navigate the challenges of going to school while working and ultimately use their new skills to find incredible opportunities.”
In July, Amazon expanded the education and skills training benefits it offers to its U.S. employees with a total investment of $1.2 billion by 2025. The company is providing its frontline employees with courses to obtain high school diplomas, general education development and English as a second language certifications.
Amazon also offers three education programs to provide employees with the opportunity to learn skills within data centre maintenance and technology, information technology and user experience and research design.