What is a Walmart Academy? How They're Building Confidence and Careers

By Tom Ward
April 17, 2017
Associate paying attention in an Academy

Strive for more. Most people seek that in their careers. Wouldn’t it be great if your company backed you in your effort, even provided you with the resources and training to do it?

We created a place for our associates that does just that. It’s called Walmart Academy.

We’ve put a lot of support behind our people, especially over the last two years, as we’ve committed to help them do more and be more successful in their careers. Developing the Walmart Academy training program was a big part of that.
Everyone wants to do their best, feel confident in their job and know there’s a path to grow their career. This is where Walmart Academy comes in. It’s a dedicated location, in or near a Walmart Supercenter, where our front-line hourly supervisors, department managers and assistant managers receive two to six weeks of training.

And it’s more than just training. It helps our associates see a clear path to advancement. Just look at recent graduates Lee Griffin and Kinder Kaur, who both have grown in their careers. There are many more stories just like theirs – more than 52,000 associates have graduated since our first academy opened in 2016.
We have a lot of passionate associates, and we’ve seen great success with this program so far. It’s exciting to see our people feeling confident and even more empowered to take charge of their careers. Our customers are seeing a benefit, too. As these graduates are going back to their stores and implementing their new skills, they’re helping transform our shopping experience to be a consistently positive one.

We just opened our 100th academy in Edmond, Oklahoma, and we’re not stopping there. We have a goal to open 100 more by the end of 2017. Here’s a quick look at our Academy program: