Amazon is to create 1,500 apprenticeships in the UK in 2022.
The expansion of the online retail giant’s programme includes more than 200 degree-level apprenticeships and some 40 different schemes, from engineering to health, safety and environment technicians.
Thirteen new apprenticeship schemes for 2022 include publishing, retailing, marketing, and a programme focused on environmental, social and corporate governance.
Amazon also announced that it increased its permanent UK workforce by 25,000 in 2021.
Amazon UK country manager John Boumphrey said: “We are proud to have created so many new permanent jobs across the UK in the last year, and the 1,500 apprenticeships we’re creating this year will help even more people get the skills that are in demand in today’s labour market.
“We want to be the employer that helps people take their careers to the next level, whether you’re just starting your first job or making a career change, in every community that we serve across the UK.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Amazon’s announcement is testament to the strength of the British economy, with GDP back at pre-pandemic levels, employee numbers at record highs and unemployment falling.
“With the vast majority of Amazon’s workforce located outside of London and the South East, these additional 25,000 jobs highlight the success of our Plan for Jobs in helping to ensure greater opportunities across the country.”
Minister for skills Alex Burghart added:“There has never been a better time to do an apprenticeship, and it is fantastic to see top companies like Amazon offering 1,500 more people the opportunity to gain the skills they need to build a successful career.”