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Amazon To Launch UK Apprenticeship Schemes & Create 5,000 Jobs

20 Feb 2017

Amazon To Launch UK Apprenticeship Schemes & Create 5,000 Jobs

Amazon has announced plans for new apprenticeship schemes in the UK and also says it will create 5,000 new jobs in Britain before the end of 2017.

The apprenticeships will be in engineering, logistics and warehousing and the schemes will be carried out at Amazon ‘fulfilment centres’ around the UK, including at three new facilities in Daventry, Doncaster and Tilbury which will open later this year.

Around 1,500 of the new jobs will be technical positions such as software development and the other 3,500 vacancies will be a mix of roles at Amazon’s soon-to-be-opened offices in London, warehousing jobs at fulfilment centres and customer service positions in Edinburgh.

Commenting on the online retailer’s latest recruitment drive, the country manager for Amazon UK, Doug Gurr, said: “We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value.”

“We are hiring for all types of roles from flight test engineers, software engineers and corporate managers in our development centres and head office, to operations managers, supervisors, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres.”

“We are also proud to empower many thousands of others to work alongside Amazon in serving our customers – from Marketplace sellers to Flex delivery drivers to Kindle Direct Publishing authors,” added Mr Gurr.

Speaking in particular about Amazon’s new jobs in the capital, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “Amazon’s commitment to London will deliver new jobs and growth for the economy and offers further proof of our status as a world-class destination for global technology businesses.”

“Home to some of the world’s top tech talent, London is Europe’s leading technology hub. Amazon’s continued growth in our city is another sign that London remains open to innovation, entrepreneurship and investment from all over the world,” added Mr Khan.

Amazon already employs 19,000 people in full and part time positions in the UK but that figure will increase to 24,000 by the end of this year. In Europe, Amazon provides jobs for 40,000 people but has pledged to create a further 10,000 jobs on the continent this year, increasing its headcount there by 25 percent by the end of 2017.

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