Amazon Taps High School Graduates to Fill Worker Gap

Also, Tyson Foods is pledging $1 million to aid immigrant workers to obtain U.S. citizenship.

April 14, 2022

Young Amazon Warehouse Employee

CHICAGO—Amazon is turning to an even younger generation to fill empty jobs, with the retailer reportedly looking to recruit high school graduates to work in its warehouses, reports the New York Post.

Amazon will travel to high schools across the U.S. and Canada to recruit young workers, and recruiters will appear at hundreds of high school career days touting Amazon’s job benefits and perks, including its college tuition support program.

The company is hoping high schoolers will want to work in its warehouses during the summer break and utilize the company to earn their college degree, which is fully paid for by Amazon. The average starting pay for Amazon warehouse workers is $18 an hour, and other benefits for full-time employees include medical, dental and vision coverage and a 401(k) with a 50% company match.

“Amazon is a stronger company because of the diversity of our workforce—our employees come from a variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of experience and education,” Amazon spokesperson Lisa Campos told The Post. “We’re always looking for great employees and this is one of many hiring efforts across the company.”

This is the largest high-school recruiting effort by Amazon to date, reports the Post.

Meanwhile, Tyson Foods expanded its immigration assistance program to help more of its immigrant employees become U.S. citizens, in an effort to recruit and retain workers as the U.S. continues to struggle with labor shortages.

Tyson will help its employees with the legal services that are needed to acquire U.S. citizenship, including reimbursing then for citizenship application fees, which for an individual can be as much as $725.

The program, which has been supporting seven Tyson facilities over the past year, will now serve 40 company locations in 14 states. Tyson has pledged $1 million to the program.

“We care about our team members and want to help them achieve their goals, including those who have dreams of becoming U.S. citizens and having greater access to opportunities our country has to offer,” said John R. Tyson, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, Tyson Foods. “We’re working hard to help team members who want and need assistance with their lawful immigration status or the complex and expensive process of becoming a citizen. We want to be the most sought-after place to work, and this is one way we hope to do that.”

The struggle to find labor has some companies rethinking job qualifications, including nixing drug testing, and using new incentives to attract employees. Many companies are dropping education requirements and background checks for applicants, and some companies no longer require college graduates to submit their grades.

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