Exciting news for the UK today with the announcement by Amazon that they will be investing a significant amount of money to boost its research and development in the UK. Amazon has announced that they will be opening a new development centre site in Cambridge this Autumn. Sited in the heart of this historic city, it will be home to over 400 highly skilled employees and will be in the city’s central business district close to the central train station.
Locating their new facility in Cambridge is a savvy decision by Amazon, the city’s university being renowned as being one of the best in the world. Founded in 1209, it serves more than 18000 of the brightest students from around the world and has seen thousands of world-renowned figures come through its ranks. From data scientists to software developers and engineers, Cambridge graduates are known as amongst the best in the world. Thanks to its reputation as a cutting-edge research university, some of the world’s leading tech companies are based in the area and it is ripe with the finest talent that Amazon will require. Amongst the highly skilled employees that will be based at Amazon’s new facility will be machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modellers, speech scientists and software engineers.
The new facility at Cambridge is just the latest in a long line of investments in the UK. Since 2010, the company has invested £6.4 billion and has this year pledged that it will create a total of 5000 new jobs across the UK, bringing its total employees in the country to 24,000. These new opportunities will not just be high level tech jobs, they will include jobs such as these but will also include a range of other engineering, tech and admin jobs.
The company has also announced this year that it will be providing hundreds of apprenticeships across the UK in areas such as engineering, warehouse fulfilment and logistics. This is in addition to the Amazon Web Services re:Start scheme that will see it offer free training and job placements to over 1000 young adults, military veterans, reservists and their husbands or wives.
Talking about the announcement today, the government’s Matt Hancock, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture said: “This is fantastic news – Amazon’s increased investment in developing cutting-edge technology in Cambridge is another vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading centre of invention and innovation.”
“We are constantly inventing on behalf of our customers, and our Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London play a major role in Amazon’s global innovation story,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “By the end of this year, we will have more than 1,500 innovation related roles here in Britain, working on everything from machine learning and drone technology to streaming video technology and Amazon Web Services.”