Amazon is expanding its apprenticeship programme with the addition of 1,000 full-time positions across the UK in 2024.
Amazon offers one of the top private sector apprenticeship schemes in the UK according to the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, including entry-level placements and more than 230 degree-level apprenticeships in programmes including accounting and data analysts.
The company is now recruiting for more than 30 different schemes, from sustainability to engineering, project management to product buying, warehouse team leaders to health and safety technicians.
New Amazon apprenticeship programmes for 2024
This year, Amazon is also launching new programmes including digital product manager apprenticeship and the commercial procurement and supply apprenticeship. The range of different apprenticeship schemes reflect both Amazon’s diverse workforce and the communities it serves every day across the UK.
As well as offering hundreds of new roles to external candidates, more than half of the new apprenticeships will be offered to existing employees who will have the opportunity to retrain and gain new skills for an exciting new career path. In 2023, two thirds (67%) of new apprentices at Amazon were aged 25 and over, an increase of 10% year-on-year, which demonstrates the support apprenticeships provide in helping people pursue new careers.
“Every year we look forward to recruiting ambitious apprentices to join our teams working to deliver for customers all over the UK." said John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager at Amazon. "Whether they’re retraining to begin a new and exciting career, or gaining new skills to take their career in a new direction, we’re proud to provide opportunities for people to find their dream roles.”
“Apprenticeships are crucial to giving people from all backgrounds the chance to climb the ladder of opportunity while addressing skills gaps and helping to grow our economy." said Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Robert Halfon. “So, it is brilliant news that Amazon, one of our Top 100 apprentice employers is continuing to embrace apprenticeships, opening 1000 full time apprentice positions across the UK this year, including over 230 degree apprenticeships. Amazon is a world-leading employer – they understand the apprenticeship levy and use it well, and I hope more businesses follow their lead and experience the benefits of apprentices for themselves.”
“Apprenticeships are crucial to giving people from all backgrounds the chance to climb the ladder of opportunity while addressing skills gaps and helping to grow our economy."
What are Amazon Apprenticeships?
The 1,000 new apprenticeships highlight Amazon’s ongoing commitment to creating jobs and training opportunities for people across the UK. Once qualified, apprentices will have the opportunity to work across Amazon’s UK sites including fulfilment centres, delivery stations, andsortation centres as well as corporate offices in London and Manchester and the four development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, and Swansea.
Amazon apprentices work across a wide variety of different schemes in hundreds of teams, from software developers in Prime Video to buyers in fashion or production in Amazon studios. For 2024, taking on an Amazon apprenticeship could mean gaining experience as a solutions architect in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or a marketer with Amazon Music or in working with cutting-edge technology in operations as an engineer.
Since 2021, Amazon has pledged £8m supporting over 400 SMEs with apprenticeships via the apprenticeship levy transfer service. To date, Amazon has supported over 750 apprentices across a wide range of schemes including adult care, data, dental nurses and broadcast production assistants.
More ways Amazon empowers employees to build their dream careers
In addition to the apprenticeship schemes, Amazon employees can also take advantage of Amazon’s pioneering Career Choice programme, which pre-pays up to 95% of tuition and fees 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.
Competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and a modern, safe and engaging work environment are provided for its employees. The roles pay a minimum of £11.80 or £12.50 per hour (set to rise from April to between £12.30 and £13 per hour (depending on location), as well as up to £33,500 a year for degree-level apprenticeships. All employees also receive a benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, and an employee discount – which combined are worth thousands annually – as well as a company pension plan.
Amazon has been named as a ‘Top Employer UK 2024’ by the Top Employer Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious certifications in the field of human resources management. This award recognises Amazon’s commitment to the development and well-being of its employees. In addition to the UK accolade, Amazon has also been certified as one of the Top Employers in Europe for a second consecutive year.
Interested candidates can apply to Amazon’s apprenticeships at www.amazonapprenticeships.co.uk.