Our Impact / Empowerment

Our Upskilling Commitments

We want to make it easy for people to have access to the skills they need to grow their careers. And we’re making two big investments to help make that happen by 2025. First, we’re committing more than $1.2 billion to provide free education and skills training opportunities to more than 300,000 of our own employees in the U.S. to help them secure new, high-growth jobs. We are also investing hundreds of millions of dollars to provide free cloud computing skills training to millions of people around the world with programs for the public.
Workforce programs for the public
In December 2020, Amazon Web Services (AWS) committed to investing hundreds of millions of dollars to provide free cloud computing skills training to 29 million people worldwide by 2025. More than a year ahead of schedule, AWS has surpassed this ambitious goal, having helped more than 31 million learners across 200 countries and territories build their cloud skills through its free training initiatives. AWS continues to invest in providing free and low-cost cloud computing and AI skills training for people of all backgrounds and skill levels.
AWS cloud-computing skills programs.

Our Programs
  • AWS Skill Builder provides access to over 600 free, on-demand courses. AWS Skill Builder offers engaging content to meet different learning goals and styles in up to 14 languages. Individuals can also get course recommendations for learning plans aligned to job roles and technology areas, helping people access the most relevant content for their skill level. Content is designed for everyone from individuals looking to build foundational cloud computing skills, to seasoned IT professionals who want to stay up to date on the latest technologies.
  • AWS Skills Centers are Amazon’s dedicated, in-person cloud learning spaces designed for anyone who is curious about cloud computing, career possibilities in the industry, and the skills needed to achieve their cloud career goals. The centers in Seattle and Arlington, VA feature interactive exhibits on robotics, space, gaming, sports, and other real-world applications of cloud computing. The centers also offer free, in-person classes for adults with little or no background in technology.
  • AWS re/Start is a free, cohort-based program that provides more than 400 hours of instructional learning to participants and connects participants with employment opportunities at local employers. We have two tracks: AWS re/Start Foundation helps unemployed or underemployed individuals with little or no tech experience get the skills they need to launch new careers in cloud computing, and AWS re/Start Associate helps individuals with non-cloud information technology (IT) experience augment their skills to pivot into midlevel cloud roles. The program connects more than 98% of graduates with interview opportunities.
  • AWS Educate offers hundreds of hours of free training resources and the opportunity for hands-on practice on the AWS Management Console. Designed specifically for the pre-professional learner, AWS Educate provides students and educators with online, self-paced cloud learning resources at no cost.
  • Amazon’s Machine Learning University offers anyone, anywhere the opportunity to access to the same machine learning courses used to train Amazon’s own developers on machine learning. MLU provides a free, comprehensive self-service pathway to understand the foundations of machine learning.
  • A two-day training course on fiber optic installation and repair hosted in collaboration with Sumitomo Electric Lightwave. Fusion splicing is the joining of two optical fibers to create a continuous light path, carrying data to technologies including phones, internet, and television.
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