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Amazon is spending $700 million retraining workers, but critics say it should attend to other housekeeping duties first

Amazon is spending $700 million to improve the job skills of workers.

Amazon announced Thursday it would investing that sum to retrain 100,000 U.S. workers, which is roughly one-third of its U.S. staff. The initiative will stretch through 2025 and the programs will allow workers to move into “highly skilled technical and non-technical roles” in corporate offices, warehouses, retail stores and elsewhere. Participating workers don’t have to stay at Amazon AMZN, +0.50% if they take the training, the company notes.

The training program is billed as Amazon’s look to the future, as automation becomes increasingly common in all sorts of workplaces.

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