Amazon launches £2.5m apprenticeships fund for it’s Herts operation

Alfie Brown

Amazon is launching a £2.5m apprenticeship fund which is set to create an additional 200 opportunities this year including 100 in their Herts based operation in Hemel Hempstead.

Following the announcement of 1,000 new full-time apprenticeships at Amazon earlier this year, the Amazon Apprenticeship Fund will help to create an additional 200 opportunities in England in 2021.

These new roles are available in digital marketing, business administration, post-production technical operators, visual effects artists, broadcast and media technicians, DevOps engineers, AI data specialists, software development, data analysts and cyber security technologists.

Amazon is working directly with small businesses selling on Amazon to help boost their productivity, sales, exports and marketing skills. Lasting between 12-48 months and covering apprenticeship standards up to £27,000, apprentices will receive a mix of on-the-job and classroom training, together with specialist online training provided by Amazon.

As part of the fund, the company is also investing £1m over two years to specifically support apprenticeship roles in the creative industries, including film, television, music and publishing.

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Additionally, Amazon is offering support for 50 apprentices at AWS customers when they take on AWS re/Start graduates in IT technical apprenticeship roles.

Nicola Drury, UK apprenticeship manager for Amazon, said: “We are so excited to be able to continue our support of small businesses across England with the Amazon Apprenticeship Fund.

“Apprenticeships are crucial for the development of skills, regardless of age and background.”

Minister for apprenticeships and skills Gillian Keegan added: “It is brilliant to see Amazon continuing to support apprenticeships within its business and beyond.

“Apprenticeships play a key role in helping businesses of all sizes develop the skilled workforce they need and secure their talent pipeline for the future.

“As a former apprentice myself, I know the life changing impact an apprenticeship can have. I’d urge as many people as possible to check out the opportunities on offer.”

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