DAVENTRY APPRENTICE STARTS SAFETY JOURNEY WITH AMAZON - Rugby and Daventry Radio Station, Midlands UK            


Written by on June 10, 2021

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 A local apprentice is taking the first step on her path to becoming a fully qualified Health, Safety and Environment Technician after joining the Amazon apprenticeship programme in Daventry.

Leigh Green, 19, is among the first of the 2021 in-take of 1,000 apprentices being recruited by Amazon this year and is looking forward to an exciting new chapter in her career.

Leigh went to school in Coventry and wanted to do an apprenticeship when she finished college. Due to COVID-19, she couldn’t find any apprenticeships of interest and went to university instead. She didn’t feel like university was the right route for her and left her course to join the Amazon Apprenticeship Programme.

Leigh is studying the Health, Safety and Environment Technician Apprenticeship as part of Amazon’s Apprenticeship programme and will put her theory into practice at Daventry’s fulfilment centre. It is an 18-month programme of academic studies and practical learning with the aim of becoming a fully qualified Health, Safety and Environment Technician.

Leigh will have the opportunity to develop safety-related skills and knowledge to fully contribute to Amazon’s health and safety team, gaining a solid foundation for career progression.

Once she completes the programme, she will receive a nationally recognised qualification as a Safety, Health & Environmental technician. Leigh will also be eligible to join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment at affiliate level.

Leigh said: “The opportunity to join this apprenticeship couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just dropped out of university and was a bit lost with what I wanted to do next. The apprenticeship programme is perfect for me as it means I can continue to learn while also gaining experience, all while working for one of the biggest companies in the world.”

When it comes to her experience of safety during her practical experience at Amazon in Daventry, Leigh enjoys seeing safety programmes in real time. “I feel very safe Amazon,” she added. “There are a lot of safety measures in place and safety is always a focus of day-to-day life at Amazon. That’s something the apprenticeship is already teaching me – the importance of safety and how it is the key part of working at Amazon.”

Amazon Daventry Site Leader, Vivek Khanka, said: “At Amazon safety is our number one priority. To achieve this, we rely on our strong, experienced and growing safety team. We are excited to welcome the next generation of health and safety apprentices at our fulfilment centres for what will be the beginning of an exciting career journey.”

Amazon has invented hundreds of ways to enhance employee wellbeing and safety.  From safety harnesses to water stations, no-go-zones to protective safety vests to ensure its employees stay safe while delivering for customers.

Amazon apprenticeships cover 25 different programmes ranging from IT, safety technician and HR through to software engineering and creative digital design. Roles include 100 degree-level apprenticeships and more than 500 apprenticeships for Amazon employees, providing an opportunity to retrain and gain new skills.The roles pay a minimum of £10.80 p/h in the London area and £9.70 p/h in other parts of the UK up to £30,000 a year for degree-level apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship schemes are designed to suit candidates with a range of experience, from those with life skills to school leavers who are 18+ with GCSEs or A-levels.

 Amazon provides some of the most advanced workplaces of their kind in the world, with competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, and an employee discount – which combined are worth more than £700 annually – as well as a company pension plan. 

 Amazon recently announced plans to create more than 10,000 new permanent jobs in 2021, taking its total UK workforce to more than 55,000 people by the end of year. It will invest £10 million over three years to train up to 5,000 employees in new skills and support the Government’s investment programme. This training will be offered through Amazon’s Career Choice programme, where the company pays course fees for its employees who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career outside of the company – something that will boost the skills and employability of British workers.

 Amazon employees also have great opportunities to progress their careers at the company, whether that be through improving existing skills or promotion into a managerial role. For those who see their future outside of Amazon, the Career Choice programme provides funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years. Courses available range from accountancy to HGV drivers and software developers, and are designed to help employees pursue careers outside of Amazon if they choose to do that.

 Anyone interested in finding out more information about the Amazon apprenticeship programme can visit www.amazonapprenticeships.co.uk

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