An apprentice from Swansea is calling on local people and his fellow colleagues to pursue the career they have always wanted by applying for an apprenticeship during National Apprenticeship Week 2019.
Daniel Oulton (22) from Swansea is a Reliability and Maintenance Engineering Apprentice working at Amazon in Swansea.
Daniel started his apprenticeship with Amazon in 2018 and is working towards a qualification to become a Reliability Maintenance Engineer after four years of training study with Amazon and EEF in Birmingham.
Daniel is one of 19 apprentices currently working at Amazon in Swansea. This week, Amazon is announcing that it will create a further 1,000 new apprenticeships in fulfilment centres and development centres across the UK, including 38 new apprenticeships in Swansea.
Daniel is also encouraging his fellow Amazon employees to pursue qualifications and training in their dream career by applying for the Amazon Apprenticeship Programme.
The apprentices will join Amazon’s world-class Apprenticeship Programme, where the courses typically run on average for three years and are fully funded by Amazon and mix theory and work-based training.
Speaking about the Amazon Apprenticeship Programme, Daniel said:
“When I was younger I loved science, particularly biology. Later in my education, I started to develop an interest in electronics and the more I learned, the more I loved it. It was then that I decided that I’d like to get a job that involved working in electronics and that naturally led me to this apprenticeship.”
How is Daniel finding his job at Amazon?
“My role is really varied, which is great. It’s in two main parts – preventative maintenance and reactive maintenance. On any given day, I can be doing a wide range of jobs including fitting new cameras, checking systems and responding to problems.”
Speaking on the most important things he’s learned so far, the Swansea local said: “Understanding all the processes we have here, and the importance of health and safety. Health and safety is the primary focus of everything we do and it’s the first thought that comes into my mind when I have a new job to do. It’s vital for the site and everyone who works here.”
For anyone thinking of applying for a place on the Amazon Apprenticeship Programme, Daniel has some advice. “Go for it, but really make an effort. If you don’t understand something, then ask. We have a great team here. It’s a very supportive environment, and we’re always doing things we’ve never done before. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then apply.”
During National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Amazon has announced the creation of 1,000 new apprenticeships for new and existing employees in fulfilment centres and development centres across the country.
Starting on 4th March, opportunities will be available to join apprenticeship schemes in Operations, IT and Engineering.
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.