The Amazon fulfilment centre in Manchester is 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.
Adam Wilson from Macclesfield is one of hundreds of Amazon associates that have taken part in the programme. He is now encouraging his fellow employees to get involved.
Adam has worked with Amazon since 2017 and is studying a Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety through Career Choice. He said: “Before joining Amazon, I worked in the education sector. After eight years in different roles, I decided that I wanted to change the direction of my career. I really enjoyed the health and safety element of my previous roles and pursued a job at a company where health and safety is everything, Amazon.”
“I had two main goals when I joined Amazon – to secure a promotion and to achieve advanced qualifications in health and safety. I recently secured a promotion and thanks to the Amazon Career Choice programme, I’ve been able to start the journey towards higher level qualifications in health and safety. It’s been a great programme to be a part of and I think the fact that Amazon makes a financial contribution towards the cost of the courses is fantastic.”
“The Amazon Career Choice programme will have a lasting impact on my future career as a health and safety professional and I’d encourage everyone at Amazon in Manchester to get involved.”
Neil Travis, General Manager at Amazon in Manchester, 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 Adam and his colleagues on their achievements.”
Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, added: “It’s great to learn of the continued professional development of the people working at Amazon in Manchester through the Career Choice Programme. I think it’s a great scheme that offers many opportunities for staff during their career with Amazon, with another company or in a different industry. I’d like to congratulate Adam and his colleagues at Amazon in Manchester and wish them every success in their future endeavours.”