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National Apprenticeship Week: Amazon creates 1,000 apprenticeships

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week next week, Amazon has announced it is recruiting more than 1,000 apprentices.

The new apprentices will work across the UK and in 25 different employment areas, including software engineering, robotics and creative digital design, as reported by Sky.

The ecommerce giant, which earlier this week revealed a 51 per cent leap in UK sales in 2020 to £19.4bn, said the positions would lead to full-time roles for at least 500 of the apprentices.

The Amazon apprenticeship programmes will all include hands-on training and will last between 14 months and four years.

The apprentice roles will be available to both new recruits and to retrain and upskill existing Amazon employees, at a time when investing in people and skills has never been more important.

Apprenticeships will pay a minimum of £10.80 an hour in the London area and £9.70 elsewhere, rising to £30,000 per year for degree-level apprentices.

Amazon now employs more than 40,000 people across the UK and has seen its fortunes boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It hired 10,000 workers in the UK in 2020.

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