TWO apprentices who work at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Tilbury are encouraging others to become an apprentice and pursue their careers as Amazon announces the expansion of its apprenticeship programme with the addition of 1,500 full-time positions across the UK in 2022 including over 200 degree-level apprenticeships.
Recruitment has now started for more than 40 different schemes, from engineering to broadcast production, creative digital design to warehouse team leaders and health, safety and environment technicians. The range of different apprenticeship schemes reflect Amazon’s diverse workforce and the communities we serve every day across the UK.
This year, Amazon is also launching a new apprenticeship programme focusing on environmental, social and corporate governance, giving apprentices the opportunity to gain real world sustainability experience. Additionally, there will be new apprenticeship schemes available including publishing, retailing, marketing and many more.
Over 500 new apprenticeships will be offered to existing employees that want to retrain and gain new skills for an exciting new career path. Amazon will also be working with Forces Families Jobs in 2022 to provide apprenticeship opportunities to military families.
There are over 1,000 apprentices currently taking part in Amazon’s apprenticeship programme. More than 500 Amazon employees have already completed apprenticeships and gone on to build successful careers within the company.
Two of the apprentices currently taking part in the Amazon Apprenticeship programme are Rebecca Mohan and Re-an Brooks, who work at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Tilbury.
Rebecca, from Dartford, applied for the Amazon Mechatronics Engineering apprenticeship after discovering that she had an interest in engineering whilst working odd jobs in Australia.
After being forced to return home from travelling because of the pandemic, Rebecca joined her local Amazon team as a seasonal associate. During her time on site, Rebecca came across the Mechatronics Engineering apprenticeship and thought that the role might suit her, as it spoke to the fault-finding and problem-solving elements of engineering that she had enjoyed in a previous role as a service technician for amusement machines.
Rebecca was initially apprehensive about the apprenticeship, having left formal education over a decade ago, but has been pleasantly surprised to find that the programme has given her a desire to build a new career.
Rebecca said: “If you’re thinking about applying for an apprenticeship at Amazon, don’t be put off by the stereotypes that are usually associated with apprenticeships. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what experience you have or are lacking, Amazon has a place for everyone. I’m really glad that I decided to apply, and can’t wait to bring my new knowledge into the workplace.”
Re-an joined the Amazon packing team in the Tilbury fulfilment centre four years ago. She was later trained in different roles, where she was exposed to lots of technology and IT equipment. It was this experience that sparked Re-an’s interest in IT and she is now taking part an IT Engineer apprenticeship through the Amazon Apprenticeship programme, which she’s due to complete later this year.
Prior to Amazon, Re-an worked in the healthcare sector and wanted to change the direction of her career, which is why she joined Amazon. Despite having no experience in IT, Re-an decided to follow her new passion and apply for the apprenticeship.
Re-an said: “Since starting the apprenticeship, I have discovered that IT is an industry where learning is endless. This apprenticeship has made me realise that no matter how little you know about something, you can learn and achieve anything if you really want to.”
“At Amazon, every day is different and there’s always an opportunity to learn something new. I particularly enjoy the countless career opportunities available at the company and I’m looking forward to continuing my career development with Amazon.”
Amazon provides competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and a modern, safe and engaging work environment for its employees. The roles pay a minimum of £10.00 or £11.10 per hour depending on location, and up to £32,000 a year for degree-level apprenticeships. Apprentices also receive a benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, and an employee discount – which combined are worth more than £700 annually – as well as a company pension plan.
The 1,500 new apprenticeships highlight Amazon’s ongoing commitment to creating jobs and providing opportunities for training and upskilling across the UK. Once qualified, apprentices will have the opportunity to work across Amazon’s UK sites including fulfilment centres, delivery stations, sortation centres and the company’s UK head offices in London and Manchester and the three development centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge and London.
John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager at Amazon, said: “We are very proud to be providing opportunities for upskilling and retraining for people of all ages, at all stages of their careers, helping to address skills gaps and increase social mobility.
“After the success of last year’s programme, we are pleased to be expanding to new regions across the UK and in new disciplines like corporate responsibility and sustainability. Amidst a backdrop of skills shortages across the country, apprenticeships are key to equipping people with the skills they need to progress in the modern labour market.”
Amazon also announced that it grew its permanent UK workforce by 25,000 in 2021. The company now has more than 70,000 employees in the UK, with the additional roles confirmed today in a variety of corporate and R&D functions in Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS), including software development, product management, and engineering, as well as the operations teams in our fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations across the UK.
Amazon employees can also take advantage of Amazon’s pioneering Career Choice programme, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields, up to £8,000 over four years, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
Amazon also provides opportunities to improve existing skills or learn new ones through internal career progression opportunities such as cross-training, transferring to a different department and promotion into a managerial role.
Amazon has invested over £32 billion in the UK since 2010 to provide convenience, selection and value to UK consumers, while supporting tens of thousands of businesses and creative professionals including small businesses selling on Amazon’s online stores, Amazon Web Services developers and Kindle Direct Publishing authors.
A series of webinars will also take place during National Apprenticeship Week. Register at Amazon webinars
Applications are now open for Amazon’s apprenticeship programme. For more information, visit: www.amazonapprenticeships.co.uk