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Amazon to create 1,000 new UK apprenticeships

Amazon (AMZN) will significantly boost its apprenticeship scheme in the UK by creating more than 1,000 new positions in the country over the next two years.
The tech giant will offer nine different programmes in fields ranging from IT, safety, and human resources, to software engineering, robotics, leadership, and technology, the company announced on Tuesday. These programmes will last between 13 months and four years.
Over 90 of the 1,000 apprenticeships will involve bachelor’s and master’s-degree level programmes in software development engineering, senior leadership, and automation, with both in-work and in-classroom training.
Pay will range from an entry-level starting salary of £9.50/£10.50 an hour to as much as £30,000 a year, the company said. Other perks include private medical insurance and company discounts.
Once qualified, apprentices will work across Amazon’s UK corporate and operations sites, including the company’s UK head office and three development centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge, and London.
“We want to give people opportunities to succeed in the digital age, regardless of their background,” Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK country manager, said.
“Our fully-funded apprenticeship programme, from entry level through to degree level, will provide an exciting path to becoming Amazon’s future team leaders, engineers, and innovation drivers.”
“It is great to see global tech giants, like Amazon, continue to invest in the UK and create high-skilled jobs for the next generation,” Margot James MP, the minister for digital, said.
“Our booming digital sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country and this is a vote of confidence in our world-leading skills in tech innovation.”
Earlier this month Google announced it was launching its new recruitment tool, Hire by Google, in the UK, its first market outside of North America.
Applications for Amazon’s apprenticeship programmes will open on 4 March. Amazon already employs over 27,000 people in the UK, including 300 apprentices.
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