Ellesmere Port personal trainer joined Amazon after Covid hit

A PERSONAL trainer from Ellesmere Port who was forced to put on hold a career she loved is now flourishing in her new role.

Danielle Bentley had to pause her ambitions to help people to get fit and healthy after the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic ruined her business.

With a love of sport and a degree in sport and exercise science under her belt, Danielle had built a career as a personal trainer specialising in posture correction.

However, when Covid-19 arrived in the UK and lockdowns were initiated, she lost her client base overnight after people were ordered to stay at home.

As Danielle struggled to keep her business running remotely, she decided to change her career to ensure her future job security, opting to pursue qualifications in business instead.

Knowing she would be able to get paid while learning, she joined the team at Amazon Warrington based in Great Sankey on the business improvement techniques apprenticeship in 2020.

“I have learned so much since I started Amazon’s apprenticeship scheme, especially through the hands-on experience it offers to work at Amazon while studying,” said Danielle.

“I am ready for the next step in my career, and I look forward to progressing within the company in the coming months.”

Danielle Bentley now works for Amazon in Warrington after Covid wreaked havoc with her career as a personal trainer

Danielle Bentley now works for Amazon in Warrington after Covid wreaked havoc with her career as a personal trainer

Danielle is encouraging others to become an apprentice and pursue their careers at Amazon as the firm announces the expansion of its apprenticeship programme.

This has seen the addition of 1,500 full-time positions across the UK in 2022, including more than 200 degree-level apprenticeships.

Recruitment has now started for more than 40 different schemes, from engineering to broadcast production, creative digital design to warehouse team leaders and health, safety and environment technicians.

John Boumphrey, UK country manager at Amazon, added: “We are very proud to be providing opportunities for upskilling and retraining for people of all ages, at all stages of their careers, helping to address skills gaps and increase social mobility.

“After the success of last year’s programme, we are pleased to be expanding to new regions across the UK and in new disciplines like corporate responsibility and sustainability.

“Amid a backdrop of skills shortages across the country, apprenticeships are key to equipping people with the skills they need to progress in the modern labour market.”

For more information about Amazon’s apprenticeship programme, visit amazonapprenticeships.co.uk

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