Amazon UK announced plans to create more than 5,000 full-time jobs this year, taking the company’s total UK workforce to over 24,000. These new job opportunities are for people with all types of experience, education and skill levels—from software developers, engineers and technicians, to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training.
The company will work to hire as many individuals as possible from seasonal positions into these new permanent roles; in fact, over 10,000 of the company’s 19,000 current employees started with the company in a seasonal role. In addition to the new full-time roles the company is creating, Amazon continues to empower entrepreneurs and individuals who want to start their business or earn extra money to supplement their incomes through programs such as Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Logistics, and Amazon Flex. For more details on Amazon’s economic impact in the UK, click here.
Amazon also today announced a new apprenticeship programme, offering hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities in engineering, logistics and warehousing roles in fulfilment centres across the country. Last month, Amazon Web Services launched AWS re:Start, a free training and job placement programme for the UK to educate young adults as well as military veterans, reservists, and their spouses, on the latest software development and cloud computing technologies. Working with QA Consulting, The Prince’s Trust, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), AWS re:Start brings together AWS Partner Network (APN) partners and customers to offer work placements to 1,000 people as part of the programme.
These initiatives to support wider UK skills development are in addition to Amazon’s innovative Career Choice programme, which helps train fulfilment centre employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies. The programme pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 2,000 employees across Europe have participated in Career Choice in high-demand courses such as nursing,