Amazon says it has begun recruiting more than 1,000 apprentices across its range of interests in the UK.
The e-commerce to cloud storage giant said it was recruiting in 25 different employment areas ranging from IT, safety technicians and software engineering to creative digital design and robotics.
The company – which earlier this week revealed a 51% leap in UK sales last year to £19.4bn and the departure of its founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos – said the positions held out the opportunity of full-time roles ahead for at least 500 of the successful applicants.
That was because half of the total roles would be offered to internal candidates.
The programmes, Amazon said, would last between 14 months and four years and include hands-on training.
The roles will pay a minimum of £10.80 an hour in the London area.
Those in other parts of the UK, where the cost of living tends to be lower, would receive £9.70 with up to £30,000 annually for degree-level apprenticeships.
It said the successful candidates would also receive a range of benefits including health care and staff discounts.
The company now employs more than 40,000 workers across the country with its interests, especially in online deliveries, benefiting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It hired 10,000 workers in the UK last year.
John Boumphrey, Amazon’s UK country manager, said: “An Amazon apprenticeship offers an exciting career path, creating opportunities within our local communities across the UK and helping our own employees retrain and gain new skills at a time when investing in people and jobs has never been more important.”