The Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead welcomed the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders this week for a tour of its 450,000 square feet site which employs about 1,000 people.
During the visit guests met the team and were given a behind-the-scenes look at what’s involved in fulfilling orders for customers across the UK and Europe. They were also given a chance to try their hand at some of the activities carried out in Hemel Hempstead.
On the tour, the Chamber learned about Amazon’s apprenticeship programmes in engineering, IT and Operations as well as Amazon’s Career Choice Programme. The programme was established to encourage employees to pursue qualifications and training 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 offers to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally-recognized courses, up to £8,000 over four years.
Amazon Hemel Hempstead Site Leader, David Tindal, said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and community leaders to our fulfilment centre. It was great for them to meet the team and see first-hand the many opportunities and range of roles we offer including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists as well as people who pick, pack and ship customer orders. We are proud to be a part of the local community in Hemel Hempstead and look forward to continuing to deliver an excellent service to all our customers.”
Guests from the Hertfordshire Chambers of Commerce included Altro Group, Barclays, GovGrant, Kingston Smith, Longmores, Middlesex Uni, Tate Recruitment and more.
Gemma Rydqvist, Business Engagement Manager of Hertfordshire Chambers of Commerce, said:
“It was fascinating to go behind-the-scenes to see first-hand what happens at an Amazon fulfilment centre. I was extremely impressed with the operation and the work environment they provide. Amazon has made a significant contribution to the wider community by providing excellent employment and training opportunities in the area, and we look forward to continuing our great relationship with Amazon in Hertfordshire for years to come.”