Amazon announces 1,000 apprenticeships

Amazon announced today (Tuesday February 26) that it plans to create over 1,000 full-time apprenticeship roles in the UK over the next two years.

With applications open from the first week of March, the apprentices’ pay will range from an entry level starting salary of £9.50/£10.50 an hour up to £30,000 a year. Apprentices will also receive benefits including employee discounts, private medical insurance and the company’s pension plan.

Nine apprenticeship programmes lasting between 13 months and four years will be on offer across the country to people of all levels, ranging from IT, safety and HR through to software engineering, robotics, leadership and technology.

Once qualified, apprentices will have the potential to work across Amazon’s UK corporate and operations sites, including its head office, three development centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge and London and fulfilment centres.

More than 90 new Amazon Bachelor and Master degree-level apprentices will also be available over the next two years as part of the programme, focused on software development engineering, senior leadership and automation with both in-work and in-classroom training.

Two in every 10 new apprenticeships will be offered exclusively to Amazon’s existing workforce, providing a route from working on the shop floor through to working on software development, robotics technology and senior leadership roles in the business.

The apprenticeships exclusively for Amazon employees range from a senior leader Master’s degree apprenticeship, through to HR consultant; safety, health and environment technician and team leader/supervisor.

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “We want to give people opportunities to succeed in the digital age, regardless of their backgrounds. Our fully-funded apprenticeship programme, from entry level through to degree level, will provide an exciting path to becoming Amazon’s future team leaders, engineers and innovation drivers.”

Applications will open for Amazon’s apprenticeship programme from March 4. For more information, visit: https://www.amazon.jobs/apprentices.

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