Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career programme to make sure more students – especially those from lower-income communities – have access to computer science education so that someday they might choose to pursue a career in this exciting and rewarding field.
Amazon Future Engineer will give 10,000 primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in free robotics workshops at Amazon fulfilment centres, over the next two years. Across the day students will learn to program robots and get to see how Amazon uses similar technology to fulfil customer orders. Amazon has also co-created an interactive dance-themed online coding tutorial together with non-profit organisation Code.org which children can get involved in here.
Working with the charity Teach First, Amazon Future Engineer is also supporting the recruitment and training of 50 secondary school computer science teachers and the development of over 200 careers leaders. The teachers and careers leaders will have the opportunity to come in to Amazon for paid work experience and insight days. This will help to educate over 50,000 students on computer science skills and careers.
Amazon is offering 120 apprenticeships in STEM related roles ranging from Software Engineering to Automation. The apprentices will benefit for additional support and networking opportunities through the Amazon Future Engineer programme.
Through the Amazon Future Engineer bursary scheme Amazon is funding 20 students from lower-income communities at three Universities across the UK to help students continue their computer science studies and enter a tech career.