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Amazon to create 1,000 new full-time apprenticeships in the UK

Tom Bottomley
26 February 2019

Online retail giant Amazon is going to create 1,000 new apprenticeship roles in the UK over the next two years, with applications open from the first week of March 2019.

The apprenticeship programmes will last between 13 months and four years, and pay will range between £9.50-£10.50 an hour, up to £30,000 a year.

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

Once qualified, apprentices will have the potential to work across Amazon’s UK corporate and operations sites, including the company’s UK head office and three development centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge and London where teams work on innovations including Alexa, machine learning, Prime Video, Prime Air and Amazon’s technologically advanced fulfilment centres.

Nine different 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. In addition to being fully funded, apprentices also receive industry-leading benefits including competitive pay, employee discounts, private medical insurance and company pension plan.

The fully funded roles include over 90 bachelors and masters’ degree-level apprenticeships for software development, automation engineering and senior leadership. Apprentices will work across corporate and operations sites, from UK fulfilment centres through to Amazon’s head office and research and development centres.

Four programmes from entry to degree-level will be offered exclusively to Amazon employees, providing a career path from shop floor to working on cutting-edge technology.

The one thousand new apprentices will add to over 300 already working at Amazon.

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