As part of its ongoing effort to hire and train veterans, Amazon announced Monday it is bringing a brand new apprenticeship program to DFW.
The company is partnering with Richland College in Dallas to offer a 16-week certification program, where veterans can learn the ins and outs of cloud computing, then complete a yearlong paid apprenticeship with Amazon to gain critical on the job experience.
At the end of the program, participants are guaranteed an interview for a full-time position with Amazon.
DFW is one of just two regions in the country where these apprenticeships are being offered.
"For us, veterans are a great fit," said Ardine Williams, who oversees Talent Acquisition for Amazon Web Services and is a veteran herself. "The culture I work in is incredibly important. I want to be part of a team that trusts and challenges each other, that rolls up its sleeves to solve problems for customers -- and that kind of culture is very familiar to the women and men who have served in the military."
Amazon has already selected 15 local veterans to take part in their inaugural class.
They hope to expand the program to other community colleges in the area in the years to come.
Amazon has pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses nationwide over the next five years.