The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (Foundation), in partnership with Amazon, hosted a workforce discussion on Wednesday, May 29 to build partnerships with employers for Amazon’s Career Choice program. This program offers a new pipeline of talent to employers looking for dedicated individuals.
Through Career Choice, Amazon pays up to 95% of their hourly employees’ tuition for vocational and technical training for in-demand careers including Health Care, IT & Computer Science, and Skilled Trades. Working closely with industry and education providers, Amazon organizes onsite recruitment fairs and onsite career training, providing employers with access to over 7,000 Career Choice eligible workers in the Greater Phoenix region. The goal of this program to connect Amazon employees with the resources to build their careers.
The Foundation met with Amazon executives in March to develop an event where employers who were involved with one of the Foundation’s Workforce Collaboratives could explore accessing talent through Career Choice. The Foundation convened executives, hiring managers, workforce professionals, and representatives from 15 businesses in Phoenix’s most in-demand industries, including Health Care, Cybersecurity, and Construction. Amazon flew in representatives from their Career Choice team from all over the country—Seattle, Houston, and Vegas—to lead this event.
The event started with a lunch-and-learn on how employers can engage with Career Choice, presented by Steve Johnson, Global Director of Associate Career Development at Amazon. Following the presentation, attendees participated in working sessions specific to their industry, and then toured the Amazon fulfillment center. This event was the first of its kind for Amazon, where a Chamber of Commerce convened multiple industry leaders together in one space to enhance the workforce ecosystem of their local market. The Amazon and Foundation event is a prime example of how collaboration among employers can produce better outcomes for talent recruitment and development.
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