The new apprenticeships will be in fields such as digital marketing, visual effects and cyber security.
Amazon is set to fund 300 new apprenticeship roles across 250 small and medium-sized businesses.
This initiative, funded through Amazon’s apprenticeship levy, will create apprenticeship roles at small businesses and organisations selling on its store, Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers, creative industry partners and local authorities.
These new apprenticeships will take the total number of Amazon-funded roles to 750. John Boumphrey, Amazon’s UK country manager, said: “When we launched in 2021, we made a commitment to support around 250 new apprenticeships through the fund, but we’ve been inspired by the success of the programme to date and expect to create around three times that number by this time next year.”
The new apprenticeships will cover a range of fields such as digital marketing, visual effects and cyber security, lasting between 12 and 48 months.
Amazon itself has a proven record of delivering apprenticeship programmes, having offered the career route for more than 10 years. It has been recognised as one of England’s largest and most diverse programmes by the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers.
Indeed, more than 3,000 apprentices have been welcomed into Amazon’s own apprenticeship programme over the past five years.
Additionally, 86% of apprentices have secured permanent roles within the company upon completion.
UK apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon welcomed the impact that Amazon’s investment could have on creating apprenticeships. He said: “Thanks to Amazon’s continued investment, over 450 apprenticeship roles in partner organisations have been created in the past two years alone.”