Amazon invests in ‘career choice’ staff training

THE Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough is celebrating National Learning at Work Week (13–19 May) 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 Amazon.

Amazon pre-pays 95 per cent of tuition and associated fees for the nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Peterborough’s Orestas Stankus (in photo) is one of hundreds of Amazon associates who have taken part in the programme. He is now encouraging his fellow employees to get involved.

Orestas has worked with Amazon for eight years and studied the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety with Amazon Career Choice.

“I’ve worked at Amazon for almost a decade and in that time, I’ve spent time in many different roles across the fulfilment centre. I’ve always had a natural passion for safety and a few years ago, I applied for a role on the Amazon Safety Team in Peterborough,” said Orestas.

“It was during this time that I learned about the Amazon Career Choice Programme and felt that it would provide me with the perfect opportunity to get more qualifications in the field of health and safety, so I decided to apply.”

“It has been a brilliant programme for me, helping to increase my skills and knowledge in an area that I’m really passionate about. I’ve even been promoted from Safety Coordinator to Safety Specialist during this time. I’d encourage everyone at Amazon in Peterborough to give Career Choice a try – you won’t look back!”

Victor Pulido, site leader at Amazon in Peterborough, told Peterborough Business, “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 everyone 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 Orestas and his 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.