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article imageAmazon is going to train veterans for jobs in tech

By Owen Weldon     Jan 21, 2017 in Business
As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Amazon will go through with its plans to train thousands of veterans for jobs in the tech industry.
In 2016, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, discussed how he wanted to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the span of five years and he revealed he wanted to train 10,000 more in cloud computing skills. On Thursday, Amazon signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to move forward with the plan to create a registered apprenticeship program.
Bezos said his company is always looking for leaders who think big and who want to deliver for their customers. He added that the principles they are looking for are familiar to the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
This is part of the Joining Forces initiative. It was set set up by Jill Biden and Michelle Obama, and it's expected to help veterans ease back into the workforce.
The program will train veterans for technical careers at Amazon. The US Department of Labor said the first participants of the program will train for a AWS Cloud Support Association position. The department also said that over 200 companies, labor organizations and colleges have joined the ApprenticeshipUSA Program.
America isn't the only country where Amazon has launched a program like this. Last week, Amazon launched a similar program in the United Kingdom. The program is designed to hire veterans for its cloud computing division.
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