In 2016, Walmart created a training program for its associates. Walmart Academy was designed to provide frontline hourly supervisors, department managers and assistant managers between two and six weeks of training to help them build their career path with the retailer.
Over 2 million employees have since graduated from a Walmart Academy, often located in or near a Walmart Supercenter. Last week, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) graduated the first class of a new academy focused exclusively on e-commerce execution. The first of these facilities is located inside Walmart’s distribution center in Plainfield, Indiana.
“The Walmart Academy program is focused on opportunity,” said Andy Trainor, vice president of US learning at Walmart. “Not only do our academies provide training that prepares associates for today, but the program also lays the foundation for tomorrow. Academy training is one of the building blocks of a great career, and we are delighted to see this unique Plainfield facility making an impact on our employees.
Walmart has more than 200 academies across the country, but it’s the first located in a distribution center and focused on e-commerce. Trainor said Indiana Affairs others will follow.
“We have been very deliberate in making sure these training locations are in an active location. One of the things that we are very proud of is that any facility that we choose to be an academy has to be going on and a very well run site because we want the associates who come in and train to see the right way. things, ”Trainor told the publication.
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Walmart Academies have a dedicated staff who provide training to position Associates in their current roles and provide a career path within the company. Plainfield Academy’s fields of study will include core courses, safety, service leadership and time management, in addition to training designed specifically for its network of associates.
“The academies represent Walmart’s belief in growing, providing opportunities and preparing our workforce for the future of a transforming business,” said Steve Miller, senior vice president of processing operations at Walmart e-commerce. “As the retail business continues to evolve, we are committed to equipping our associates for the tech jobs of the future.
The first class at Plainfield Academy consisted of 74 associates.
Walmart is building a 2.2 million square foot distribution center in Hancock County, where Plainfield is located. The center will manage both Walmart’s e-commerce business and its third-party order fulfillment business, Walmart Fulfillment Services.
In June, Walmart expanded its academies program to provide opportunities for the general public. The Community Academy program allows anyone to register for free to attend classes on topics such as resume writing, interview skills, budget and finance, standardized test preparation, and admissions navigation. at University. All community classes are taught by facilitators from Walmart Academy.
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