Amazon to train 5,000 staff in skills needed by UK economy

Online giant Amazon is creating 10,000 new full time jobs in the UK and is to invest £10 million over three years to train 5,000 staff in new skills.

By the end of 2021, Amazon will have 55,000 full time employees in the UK. The training of existing staff will be through Amazon’s Career Choice programme that covers the course fees for Amazon staff interested in pursuing a career outside of the company, with the stated aim of improving the skills and employability of UK workers.

Amazon is working with the British Chambers of Commerce and local businesses to identify regional skills shortages and the training programme is to focus on meeting local demand for specific training. It is hoped that this will benefit the UK economy as a whole.

Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy commented: “Amazon’s announcement today is fantastic news and a huge vote of confidence in the British economy, helping us deliver on our commitment to level up across the UK with a whopping 10,000 new permanent jobs.”

Amazon’s UK Country Manager John Boumphrey said: “We have always wanted to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, and we have also committed to being Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. We’re creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits. We’re also delighted to be working with the British Chambers of Commerce on a pioneering approach to our Career Choice programme to provide the training and skilled workers needed to boost local economies right across the country.

He added: “We’re proud of the front-line roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know that they will be a stepping stone for some in their career journey. For people whose ambitions fall outside of our company, we are pleased to support them by paying for training and academic courses that can get them to where they want to be.”