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Amazon Launches Program to Fund the Education of its Delivery Drivers

Business titan Amazon is launching a program to help its delivery drivers get an education.

The program, Next Mile, gives participating Delivery Service Partners (DSPs) up to $5,250 per eligible driver per year to access more than 1,700 academic programs, such as bachelor’s and associate degrees, skills certifications, and high school completion courses.

“These new investments, along with new rate increases for DSPs, will total more than $450 million in the coming year and help us empower these owners to be great employers and build great teams,” noted Amazon officials. . “With the addition of this new program offering, Amazon now supports participating DSPs in providing driver training and career benefits and financial planning for the future, as well as business coaching and resources for DSP owners themselves.”

The company will also contribute an additional $60 million to help DSPs match employees’ 401(k) contributions.

“As a small business owner and community leader, it’s incredible to be able to provide industry-leading benefits such as educational assistance and retirement savings,” said Mike Tran, an Amazon DSP and owner of Pacific Keys Logistics. “For so many, education is the foundation of opportunity and empowerment. I am grateful to now be able to provide these incredibly valuable benefits to my team. Every day they work so hard to serve the local community and provide them with amazing benefits and resources is so worth the effort.”

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