Recently Amazon committed $700 million to retrain its workforce for the automated age.
What will that much money buy? Probably a lot of overhyped and under-engaging online courses with cool sounding names. Yay!
If we’re honest, colorful online video lectures of 10min or less won’t convince many (or any) of Amazon’s 300,000 warehouse employees that they have futures in robotics or software engineering. Could $700 million buy something more? . . . .
Well, you’re on Chief Delphi in July so you can probably finish this post for me.
- Make up a competition (it could involve moving around boxes, or also fire)
- Make teams
- Make space (a small corner of each warehouse should be plenty)
- Build robots
- Have fun, learn stuff, and give out prizes
Bonus: invite in the huge community of people who already build robots, have fun, and teach the skills amazon employees really need. (surprisingly they work in exchange for free food and cool tools!)
I teach formal high school classes and Mentor FIRST and VEX teams. I honestly think this would be the most effective approach. If people aren’t inspired they probably won’t learn. FIRST does inspire, copy a model that works. What do you think?