More than a year after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited India, the company might be bringing its Future Engineer program to the country.
The program aims to provide coding and other computer skills to students that will eventually be helpful for their careers.
The childhood-to-career program is currently run by Amazon in the US. A recent job posting by Amazon India, however, can soon change that.
Amazon is looking for a manager to lead the Amazon Future Engineer in India. “We are looking for a leader to support launching and managing the Amazon Future Engineer program in India,” the job post notes. As per the job listing on its website, the company is possibly planning to launch the program sometime in 2021.
The listing mentions a “Full-Time Contract Position to lead the Amazon Future Engineer program as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team in Amazon India.” The vacancy has been listed for Bengaluru, where Amazon India’s headquarters is located, for an initial period of 12 months which can further be extended.
The program aims to connect with underprivileged communities and provide them with access to high quality computer science education to help nurture their career growth. The job will hence require the candidate to work with local non-profits and government officials to set up such a program for different aged students.
As for its global standing, Amazon Future Engineer currently covers more than 5,000 school and around 5.5 lakh students in the US, as per Amazon. The program also includes scholarships of $10,000 (roughly Rs 7.32 lakh), given to 100 students every year. These scholarship recipients are also guaranteed an internship at Amazon after their first year of college.
Starting with Bengaluru, the program is likely soon to be introduced pan India. The initiative comes as part of the $1 billion investment promised by Bezos on his visit to the country. The company is also aiming to create as many as a million new jobs in India by 2025.