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Walmart plans fivefold increase in training facilities

Initiative highlights role as job creator

Wal-Mart Stores on Tuesday said it would open 160 new training academies by this summer, with a goal of providing training for nearly a quarter-million of its workers in the coming fiscal year.

Training academies are regional facilities where Walmart’s hourly workers receive up to six weeks of training in retail fundamentals, leadership skills and the specifics of how to run individual store departments. That is supporting improved service in stores and career development for wo

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