Amazon apprenticeships offers ambitious women practical experience and recognised qualifications as an exciting alternative to college or university

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Its a great time to become an Amazon apprentice

It's a great time to become an Amazon apprentice

It's a very exciting time to be an apprentice at Amazon.

Amazon's apprentices are vital in making sure the company continues to deliver and innovate for its customers.

Amazon has ambitious plans and wants to continue to deliver and retain the best talent through its apprenticeship schemes. These are aimed at people with a variety of backgrounds, qualifications and career aspirations who have a passion for learning new skills and want to pursue an alternative to college or university. After graduating from an apprenticeship programme, you’ll be qualified to apply to join Amazon's team permanently in any of a number of different roles.

How can you benefit from an Amazon apprenticeship?

Amazon offers apprentices on the job learning, gaining hands on experience of logistics, leadership, safety and quality assurance. They’ll also benefit from mentoring from leading experts and get the chance to work on specialist projects alongside other apprentice colleagues. At the end of their programme, apprentices will graduate with recognised qualifications and the experience and skills needed to accelerate their career.

Amazon values apprentices who are ambitious, hard working, determined, and prepared to seize any challenge or opportunity.

Amazon is also helping create over 150 full-time apprenticeships in small online businesses through a £1 million SME Apprenticeship Fund, while the Amazon Academy training programme provides free digital training to help businesses to grow their sales and boost exports.

Which apprenticeship will you choose?

Engineering – Process Automation Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Join Amazon on its 48 month Automation Engineering scheme and you’ll combine studying for a degree with hands-on practical training in both general engineering basics as well as PLC controls specialisms. The first year of your apprenticeship you will gain hands-on practical training on a residential basis at Trafford College, where you will also begin to study towards a HND in Electrical & Electronics engineering. In years 2 and 3 you will complete your HND on a block release basis whilst working alongside Amazon’s Automation Engineers in one of the fulfilment centres. In year 4 of your apprenticeship you will complete a work based automation project and attend the University of Salford on block release to achieve a BEng degree in Controls and Automation.

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Engineering - Advanced Mechatronics Apprenticeship 

Join Amazon on the 48 month Mechatronics Advanced scheme and you’ll combine college-based learning with hands-on training. During your first year you will be based at a technical training centre on a residential basis, learning the engineering basics that you will need in your role with Amazon. Outside of college term times you’ll enrich your studies by working alongside members of the company’s skilled workforce in one of the fulfilment centres. During years 2, 3 and 4 of the apprenticeship you will build your skills in the workplace as well as continuing your academic studies either on day or block release. You will achieve an Engineering Technician (Mechatronics Maintenance) apprenticeship standard as well as a HNC in Engineering.

Operations – Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) Apprenticeship

Join Amazon on the 13 month BIT Apprenticeship scheme and will be trained on the company’s process paths while also growing your skills in crucial, complementary areas like safety first, problem solving, communication and project planning. Over the course of the apprenticeship you will be introduced to the fundamental operational excellence modules and will work towards an apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques.

IT - MA (Hons) IT Management for Business – Scotland only

On this 48 month graduate apprenticeship scheme based in Amazon’s development center in Scotland you will be part of the Global IT organization which supports growth through the implementation of technology solutions including: desktop productivity tools, systems, network and telephony infrastructure, and company-wide technology programs such as capacity planning and availability.

During your first year you will cover modules such as Interactive Systems, Software Development 1, Business skills, Enterprise and its Business Environment and continue to learn across the duration of the scheme while working alongside professionals and day release studying at a local university. You will work towards MA (Hons) IT Management for Business.

IT - Infrastructure Technician and Network Engineering/Project Management Apprenticeship 

Join Amazon on its IT Apprenticeships where you’ll combine studying, including both classroom based training hosted offsite and complimented with Amazon’s on-the-job training, supported by its specialist teams on site in the fulfilment centres or corporate offices. You will be working with systems and technology, focused on delivering the highest service and delighting our end customer. During your first year you will be introduced to the fundamental technical skills you need to become a successful Amazon technical employee. The 36 month scheme consists of the Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship standard in year 1 and then year 2 and 3 you will complete either a higher level apprenticeship in Network Engineering or IT Project Management (both are equivalent to first year of degree study).

Digital and Technology Solutions Professional – Software Development Degree Apprenticeship (SDE) 

Join Amazon on the SDE Apprenticeship where you will work with cutting-edge technology to develop critical products for customers, and offer excellent technical support. Developers at Amazon work on real world problems on a global scale, own systems end-to-end, and influence the direction of Amazon’s technology that delights hundreds of millions of customers around the world. As an SDE Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to work in one of the company’s corporate office across Bristol, Cambridge, London or Scotland.

You will build your skills over a 48 month period through Classroom based training hosted offsite, Amazon’s on-the-job training program – all delivered in a blended-learning approach, using a combination of digital learning and face-to-face sessions, video, core reading, exercises and online tutorial. Working towards a BSC in Digital and Technology Solutions Professional.

Find out more about the schemes here.

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Hear from some Amazon apprentices

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“I love the interactive approach: we spend time in the classroom, then on the floor to identify improvement areas in our processes, and finally we work on group projects as a team. For me, this is the best way to learn," says Kirsty Mallinder.

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My typical day includes shadowing other automation engineers and doing research for my own projects. Our role is to design and implement automated systems to help deliver customer orders in a faster and better way: the scale of the operations is something that never ceases to surprise me!” says Nicola Elliott.

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"I would encourage anyone considering an apprenticeship to go for it. It is very straight forward and is a great confidence booster as well. Now that I’ve completed my apprenticeship, I would like to progress further up the ladder in Amazon one day," adds Toni Saunders.

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"I would definitely recommend the scheme to anyone who is open to new opportunities, has a ‘go grab it’ attitude and an open mind. It’s funny, when I was working in hospitality I was a senior employee. I had all the answers. Whereas now I am on the other side. I am the one with all the questions. It is a challenge, but a refreshing one," comments Elizabeth Batchelor.

Shannia Daly apprentice

"The team here is great and I’m always learning lots from them, every single day. I’ve also enjoyed the training courses and workshops that we get to take part in – sometimes we travel to different parts of the country, which is great," explains Shannia Daley.

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“I have to pinch myself sometimes – it feels like a dream. I love the team here. We’re treated really well and that’s important to me. The opportunity to combine learning and qualifications with the practical work is a big bonus," says Carla Bernardino.

Become an Amazon apprentice today

Amazon's fully-funded apprenticeship programs, from entry level through to degree level, provide an exciting path to becoming future team leaders, engineers and innovation drivers.

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