Doncaster jobs boost as major employer announced around 1,000 new permanent posts at new site

Amazon has announced it will create around 1,000 more jobs in Doncaster at another site at the iPort.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 12:14 pm

The company will open a ‘parcel receive’ centre in the next few months, creating the permanent new jobs.

It will be located on the iPort, further onto the site from the existing fulfilment centre and delivery station, at a unit on Toronto Way.

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Inside Amazon's existing base at Doncaster iPort. Picture: Chris Etchells

It will be only the second receive centre in the country. The first one is in Coventry.

The receive centre is at the start of the company’s process – businesses who sell through Amazon deliver their products to the receive centre. Nothing is stored there but products are processed and distributed to its fulfilment centre network.

The Doncaster jobs are part of an announement of 10,000 new jobs nationally and a multi-million pound training programme, bringing Amazon’s total UK workforce to over 55,000 in 2021.

It says it will invest £10 million over three years in training up to 5,000 employees in new skills to meet the UK’s future employment needs outside of Amazon, partnering with the British Chambers of Commerce and local businesses to identify regional skills shortages to focus training on local needs.

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, where they are offering to pre-pay 95 per cent of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Amazon’s UK manager John Boumphrey said: “We’re creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits.

"We’re also delighted to be working with the British Chambers of Commerce on a pioneering approach to our Career Choice programme to provide the training, and skilled workers, needed to boost local economies right across the country.”

“We’re proud of the front-line roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know that they will be a stepping stone for some in their career journey. For people whose ambitions fall outside of our company, we are pleased to support them by paying for training and academic courses that can get them to where they want to be.”

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