Walmart Training Academy in Chelsea introduces first graduating class

Walmart Training Academy in Chelsea introduces first graduating class
Walmart graduates prepare to walk across the stage at the Chelsea Walmart Supercenter. (Keisa Sharpe/Alabama NewsCenter)

The Chelsea Walmart Supercenter has a new addition – a Training Academy that will supply valuable skills to its leadership team.

A graduation program and ribbon-cutting ceremony were held today for 50 supervisors.

Each week, nearly 100 employees will be trained from 29 Walmart stores across the greater Birmingham region.

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Some of the communities included for the training are Alabaster, Bessemer, Birmingham, Calera, Gardendale, Hoover, Hueytown, Springville and Pelham. The training sessions include classroom and sales floor learning opportunities for the supervisors. Also, training will be tailored to the specific department in which they work.

John Tow, regional general manager, said by providing this kind of training, customers will enjoy a consistent experience, no matter where they are served.

Each graduating supervisor received a certificate at the ceremony. After it was over, visitors were invited to look at the new training academy, which is in the rear of the store.

The Chelsea Training Academy is one of 200 that will be opened by year’s end to serve the 4,600 Walmart stores across the country. These academies are being built as part of Walmart’s nearly $3 billion commitment to train its employees.

It’s part of a number of major investments Walmart is making in Alabama over the next several months.

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