Amazon is making headlines for both current and future employees just months before its grand debut in Nashville Yards.
Beginning in January, over 750,000 of the company’s operations employees in the United States will become eligible for fully funded college tuition, covering the costs for books, classes and other fees.
Amazon plans to expand the education and skills training benefits it offers to its employees, investing $1.2 billion into its “Career Choice” program by 2025.
“Amazon is now the largest job creator in the U.S., and we know that investing in free skills training for our teams can have a huge impact for hundreds of thousands of families across the country,” said Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon in a statement released by the company. “We launched Career Choice almost 10 years ago to help remove the biggest barriers to continuing education — time and money — and we are now expanding it even further to pay full tuition and add several new fields of study.”
Rather than waiting until employees are finished with their college courses and reimbursing them, Amazon will pay employees in advance to ensure individuals do not need existing funds to start their education plans.
These funds will be available to all front-line employees as long as they remain at Amazon and are eligible to enroll in the program after 90 days of employment.
While the paid tuition among other educational benefits is certainly quite the incentive, those are not the only ones Amazon is providing.
On Tuesday, the company announced it plans to hire 125,000 delivery and warehouse workers around the United States, including 6,600 in Tennessee.
New hires will start at an average pay of $18 per hour.
It represents an increase from their current $15 per hour starting pay, as the company was one of the first to offer the wage back in 2018.
Both the hiring surge and increased wages stem from an increase in online shopping, which began during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon is only a few months away from the expected completion of its two-building Nashville Yards complex.
In November 2018, Amazon announced its operations in Nashville, stating it would bring more than 5,000 corporate and technology-related jobs with an average salary that ranges from $150,000 to $200,000 per year.
The company has already surpassed the 1,000 employee milestone,
The second of the two buildings, which was acquired from Nashville Yards developer Southwest Value Partners, will stand at 28 stories high.
Its expected completion date is 2023, but renderings have been recently released giving a sneak peek of what the new office could look like.