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Amazon launches new mechanics, robotics apprenticeship program

Amazon launches new mechanics, robotics apprenticeship program
The Siliconreview
10 Febuary, 2021

To provide up-skilling programs for in-demand jobs, Amazon announced Jan. 27 it will run the Mechatronics and Robotics Apprenticeship (MRA) Program, a free program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the company. All Amazon employees can apply for the first phase of the apprenticeship. Upon admittance, participants will receive training from the company's education partners during a 12-week course.

All Amazon employees can apply for the first phase of the apprenticeship. Upon admittance, participants will receive training from the company's education partners during a 12-week course. Following coursework, employees will participate in a year-long apprenticeship with a technical maintenance specialist to become eligible for a full-time job as a mechatronics and robotics technician. Amazon estimated the new skill sets may result in hourly wages up to almost 40% higher, according to the announcement. 

High-performers who complete the first phase of the program may be eligible for additional training with an Amazon higher education partner, followed by approximately two years of on-the-job learning. After the extended period of coursework and training, the participants will be eligible for even more skilled and higher-paying roles in technical maintenance.