Amazon will look to fill 1,500 new full-time apprenticeship positions across the UK in 2022, including more than 200 degree-level apprenticeships.
Recruitment has begun for more than 40 different schemes including operational roles such as warehouse team leaders. Amazon will also launch a new apprenticeship scheme focusing on environmental, social and corporate governance, giving apprentices the opportunity to gain real-world sustainability experience.
More than 500 new apprenticeships will be offered to existing employees that want to retrain and gain 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.
Amazon recently announced that it had made 25,000 new permanent hires in the UK in 2021, covering several positions in operational roles in fulfillment centers, sorting centers and delivery stations, among others.
Amazon had originally stated that it would create 10,000 roles last year but saw out 2021 with a UK workforce of more than 70,000 employees.
John Boumphrey, country manager, Amazon UK, 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 program, 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 labor market.”
Alex Burghart, UK minister for skills, added, “Apprenticeships give people the chance to earn while they learn and deliver the skilled workforce employers need to grow their business. There has never been a better time to do an apprenticeship, and it is fantastic to see top companies like Amazon offering 1,500 more people the opportunity to gain the skills they need to build a successful career.”