Apprentices take the next step

Apprentices Jake Lovett, Sime William and Marcio Sa Peixoto.

A GROUP of first and second year apprentices will take the next step on the journey to becoming fully qualified engineers, IT technicians and team leaders at Amazon in Tilbury.

Marcio Sa Peixoto is among the apprentices who were recently welcomed to the Amazon team in Tilbury for their first or second year of their apprenticeship.

He will join 37 other apprentices at Tilbury studying Mechatronics, Controls, IT and Operations as part of Amazon’s Apprenticeship Programme.

The courses typically run on average for three years and are fully funded by Amazon and mix theory and work-based training.

The first year of the engineering apprenticeship is predominantly based in the classroom, before the scheme progresses to a work-based learning programme at the Amazon fulfilment centre in year two.

Marcio, 20, from Grays, is excited to start the next chapter in his career. He said:”I joined this scheme because I wanted to be an apprentice and not go to university so that I could build up my skills and experience in the workplace. What better workplace to build up my skills than a company like Amazon that is so invested in delivering great customer experience and innovation and technology.’

“I’m really excited about the second year of the programme and can’t wait to get stuck into the practical learning on site in my role as RMET Apprentice and be able to work alongside very good and skilled engineers.”

The first and second year apprentices were welcomed to the local fulfilment centre by General Manager, Prajvin Prakash. He said: “We are passionate about helping to develop the next generation of IT, operations and engineering talent and the Amazon Apprenticeship Programme is one of the ways that helps us to do that. We are looking forward to meeting the new recruits while continuing to help our year two apprentices on their career path.”

Amazon’s 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. *

Anyone interested in finding out more information about the Amazon apprenticeship programme can visit www.amazon.jobs/apprentices