STAFF at Amazon's fulfilment centre in Bolton have received a major boost to their careers as part of a training programme.

In celebration of National Learning at Work Week the company encouraged staff to sign up for The Amazon Career Choice scheme ­— a programme of funded, nationally recognised training courses.

Through the scheme Amazon staff can pursue training and qualifications in fields including engineering, IT, computer science, mechanical and electrical trades, healthcare, construction, logistics and accounting ­— even if that leads to a career outside the company.

Amazon also pay 95 per cent of tuition and associated fees for the courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Paul Ashraf, general manager at Amazon in Bolton, 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."

One person who has taken advantage of the programme is Carly Barton, from Bolton.

Ms Barton has worked at Amazon for three years and is currently studying a Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply module.

She said: “The Amazon Career Choice programme has been really beneficial for me during my time with the company, helping me get the qualifications to take on different roles in different fulfilment centres.

"In just under three years here, I’ve worked at Amazon in Bolton, Manchester, Rugeley, Milton Keynes, Hemel Hempstead and even in Prague.”

She added: “I’d encourage everyone at Amazon to give Career Choice a go.

"It’s a great way to improve your skills and grow your opportunities either at Amazon or with another company.”

Mr Ashraf added: "I’m looking forward to seeing the latest group of recruits join the Amazon Career Choice programme and congratulate Carly and her colleagues on their achievements.”