Investment in skills

Amazon creates 1,000 apprenticeships across UK

Norman Quigg

Norman Quigg, 43, from Kirkcaldy is an Operations Apprentice working at Amazon in Dunfermline


Amazon is creating 30 apprenticeships in Scotland among 1,000 full-time roles across its UK centres over the next two years.

The giant US logistics and technology company has 2,500 employees in Scotland and 27,500 in the UK head office and at three development centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge and London where teams work on innovations including Alexa, machine learning, Prime Video, Prime Air and Amazon’s technologically advanced fulfilment centres. 

Nine different programmes lasting between 13 months and four years will be on offer across the country to people of all levels, ranging from IT, safety and HR through to software engineering, robotics, leadership and technology. 

More than 90 new Amazon bachelors and masters degree-level apprentices will also be available over the next two years as part of the programme, focused on software development engineering, senior leadership and automation with both in-work and in-classroom training.

Two-in-every-ten new apprenticeships will be offered to Amazon’s existing workforce, providing a route from working on the shop floor through to working on cutting-edge software development, robotics technology and senior leadership roles in the business.

Apprenticeships exclusively for Amazon employees range from a Senior Leaders masters degree apprenticeship, through to HR Consultant; Safety, Health and Environment Technician and Team Leader/Supervisor.

“We want to give people opportunities to succeed in the digital age, regardless of their background,” added Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “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.”

The one thousand new apprentices will add to more than 300 already working at Amazon.

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