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Amazon offers to pay college fees of 750,000 workers in the United States

Amazon has offered to pay the tuition fee of its employees as the online giant struggles to keep its workforce amid labour shortage.

The firm has offered to cover more than 750,000 frontline workers in the United States.

The firm is expected to invest $1.2 billion into the scheme, with workers able to access the funds annually as long as they work for Amazon.

In a blog post, Amazon said its college tuition offer would apply at “hundreds of education partners across the country” without stating which ones.

The shopping giant said it would also cover other types of education including high school diplomas and English language courses, as well as extending on-the-job career training to 300,000.

“Amazon is now the largest job creator in the US, and we know that investing in free skills training for our teams can have a huge impact for hundreds of thousands of families across the country,” said Dave Clark, head of worldwide consumer at Amazon.

US firms are offering a range of benefits and incentives to lure employees back to the workforce as restrictions ease.

Experts say a mixture of people leaving the workforce during the pandemic, lingering concerns about Covid and a lack of childcare have prolonged the shortage.

Last month Walmart said it would pay the costs of tuition and books for its hourly staffers, with about 1.5 million people eligible.

And Target said it would offer free undergraduate degrees to more than 340,000 employees at its US stores.

Firms have also raised starting wages or offered bonuses to win workers, with some even urging 14 and 15 year-olds to apply to tackle the shortage