Walmart Canada launches education assistance program for staff

Walmart Canada is launching an education assistance program for employees and their eligible family members.

The company has partnered with Humber College and its network of educational partners to introduce the AdvancED program. All of Walmart’s full-time staff who attend an accredited Canadian college or university are eligible to receive an annual $2,500 tuition reimbursement. An additional 20 per cent tuition reimbursement for courses taken at Humber or its network is also available to full-time and permanent part-time employees and eligible family members of full-time staff.

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“Walmart Canada is committed to supporting the lifelong learning of our associates,” said Lee Tappenden, president and chief executive officer of Walmart Canada, in a press release. “Through AdvancED, our current and future associates can enhance skills required for today while preparing for new and innovative ways of working in the future.”

The AdvancED network institutions will offer programs and courses in English and French. Toronto-based Collège Boréal is the first to join the network and will be the primary French language education provider. Additional post-secondary institutions will come online in the coming months.

To help employees select the right options for upskilling, Humber, Boréal and future members of the network will provide pre-enrolment, career and academic advising services. Employees can also receive course credit for on-the-job training and experiences, reducing the time it takes them to complete programs.

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