The Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead 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 of Amazon.
Amazon pre-pays 95% of tuition and associated fees for the nationally-recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.
Hemel Hempstead’s Joy Obaraye is one of hundreds of Amazon associates who have taken part in the programme. She is now encouraging her fellow employees to sign up.
Joy has worked with Amazon since 2014 and has recently completed the CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources Management through Amazon Career Choice. Joy said:
“I was previously studying to be an accountant, but I developed an interest in human resources and decided to pursue a career in HR instead. I joined the Amazon team as an operations assistant over three years ago, started getting involved in some HR activities and loved it.”
“I had a desire to learn more about employment law while improving my leadership, public speaking and networking skills. Amazon Career Choice gave me the platform to achieve all of this.”
“It’s been a great programme for me personally and I’d encourage everyone at Amazon in Hemel Hempstead to sign up today.”
Shauli Ziv, Site Leader at Amazon in Hemel Hempstead, 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 Joy and her colleagues on their achievements.”
Last month, Amazon was 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.