The Amazon fulfilment centre in Milton Keynes recently celebrated National Learning at Work Week by urging staff at the site to sign up for a programme that offers funded, nationally-recognised training courses aimed at developing their career.
The Amazon Career Choice programme encourages Amazon associates to pursue training and qualifications in high-demand fields such as engineering, IT, computer science, mechanical and electrical trades, healthcare, construction, transportation, logistics, accounting and more, even if that means a career outside of Amazon.
Amazon pre-pays 95% of tuition and associated fees for the nationally-recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.
Milton Keynes’ Jennifer Peters is one of hundreds of Amazon associates taking part in the programme. She is now encouraging her fellow employees to get involved.
Jennifer has worked with Amazon for six years and is taking a course in HGV Driving. Jennifer said:
“I’ve wanted to be an HGV driver for a long time – it’s been my dream – but I could never afford to do the courses. Thanks to the Amazon Career Choice Programme, I will now be able to follow that dream and I’m really excited for the next chapter in my career.”
“The Amazon Career Choice Programme is one of the many highlights of working at the fulfilment centre in Milton Keynes and I’d urge all of my colleagues to pursue their dream career and sign up for the programme, whether they want a career here or in another business or industry.”
Scott Wharton, General Manager at Amazon in Milton Keynes, said:
“We want everyone at Amazon to pursue their dream job and that’s what the Amazon Career Choice programme is all about. We believe that of all our associates should have the opportunity to develop their skills and that’s why we’re offering funded training courses in a range of interests and industries. I’m looking forward to seeing the latest group of recruits join the Amazon Career Choice programme and congratulate Jennifer and her colleagues on their achievements.”
Amazon was recently named by LinkedIn as the top company in the UK to work for. The LinkedIn Top Companies List 2019, draws on billions of actions taken by LinkedIn members to identify the top companies “where UK professionals want to work now”, taking into account four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention.