Amazon is creating an apprenticeship program to train veterans for tech jobs

Amazon and the U.S. Department of Labor havesigned an agreement to create a registered apprenticeship program to train veterans for tech jobs at the online retail giant, the DOL announced today. Through ApprenticeshipUSA, people can earn a salary while learning the skills needed for the job.This comes after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced last May the companys goals to hire 25,000 veterans and spouses of military personnel over the next five years.

We are pleased that Amazon is joining the remarkable group of forward-looking organizations that are pursuing innovations in apprenticeship for the 21st century, U.S. Secretary of Labor Deputy Chris Lu said in a press release. Partnerships like this one have reinvigorated our nations apprenticeship system, creating opportunity and pathways to prosperity for hundreds of thousands of Americans that will last for years to come.

There are currently over200 employers, colleges and labor organizationsthathave signed on to become part of the apprenticeship program.Amazon is one of theonly major tech companies to create a registered apprenticeship program. Tesla Motors is listed as a company that offers registered apprenticeships, but that list does not include, for example, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.