The Amazon fulfilment centre in Tilbury welcomed the Essex Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders last week for a tour of its 2 million square feet site.
During the visit guests met the team and were given a behind-the-scenes look at what’s involved in fulfilling orders for customers across the UK and the rest of Europe. They were also given a chance to try their hand at some of the activities carried out in Tilbury.
Amazon in Tilbury is fitted out with advanced Amazon Robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. Find out more about Amazon Robotics here.
On the tour, the Chamber learnt about Amazon’s apprenticeship programmes in engineering, IT and Operations as well as Amazon’s Career Choice Programme which was established to encourage employees to pursue qualifications and training in high-demand fields such as engineering, IT, computer science, mechanical and electrical trades, healthcare, construction, transportation, logistics, accounting and more, even if that means a career outside of Amazon. Amazon offers to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally-recognized courses, up to £8,000 over four years.
Amazon Tilbury General Manager, Prajvin Prakash, said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Essex Chamber of Commerce to our fulfilment centre so they could meet some of the team and see first-hand the many opportunities and range of roles we offer including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists as well as people who pick, pack and ship customer orders. We are proud to be a part of the local community in Tilbury and look forward to continuing to deliver an excellent service to all our customers.”
Guests from the Essex Chambers of Commerce included Denise Rossiter, CEO and key business leaders from Ec21 Ltd, Link Europa, PFCC, PMS International Group Plc, South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Southend United Football Club, Stockvale Ltd, Trenitalia c2c and Velta International Freight.
Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Almost everyone these days seems to have used Amazon for something so we were intrigued to go behind-the-scenes to see first-hand what goes on in this centre, and I was extremely impressed with the operation and the work environment they provide. It was fascinating to see how professionally they process orders and how they make use of robotics. Not only is Amazon providing important employment with excellent career and training opportunities in the area, it has also made a significant contribution to the wider community.”