Amazon announces 1000 new apprenticeships

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// Amazon to create more than 1000 new apprenticeships in the UK over the next 2 years
// Pay will range from £9.50/£10.50 an hour, up to £30,000 a year.
// Programmes last between 13 months and four years

Amazon has unveiled plans to create more than 1000 apprenticeships in the UK over the next two years.

The online retail giant said pay would range from an entry level starting salary of £9.50/£10.50 an hour, up to £30,000 per year.

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

Nine different programmes lasting between 13 months and four years will be on offer, where apprentices can work in Amazon’s IT, safety and human resources departments or the software engineering, robotics and technology departments.

Amazon said more than 90 new bachelor’s and masters 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.

“We want to give people opportunities to succeed in the digital age, regardless of their background,” Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said.

“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 on March 4.

The new apprenticeships form part of Amazon’s ongoing expansion scheme in the UK, where it has so far invested £9.3 billion in its operations since 2010 and now has close to 30,000 employees.

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