Amazon has announced that it will become an official sponsor to the 2018 Invictus Games, which kicks off on 20 October. The US company has also announced that it will participate in the WithYouWithMe (WYWM) Career Expo held to support the games.
This announcement follows the sponsorship of last year’s Invictus Games in Toronto. Amazon will also participate in the WYWM Career Expo held in support of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to contribute to its employment legacy and promote Amazon as an employer of choice for veterans and military spouses in Australia and throughout the world.
Founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos said, "We actively seek leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action and deliver results on behalf of our customers. These principles look very familiar to men and women who have served their country in the armed forces, and we find that their experience leading people is invaluable in our fast-paced work environment."
Amazon recruiters and hiring managers from operations, Amazon Web Services and other Australian-based teams will be attending the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and the WYWM Career Expo at The Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park on 26 October 2018.
Amazon director of talent acquisition EMEA operations Georgina Yellowlees will be representing Amazon at the WYWM Career Expo and said, "At Amazon, we are thrilled to offer veterans the opportunity to launch into exciting post-military careers with limitless possibilities. Amazon has a long history of attracting military veterans to work across different areas of the company in the UK, US, Europe and now Australia. At the end of 2017, Amazon.com announced that it employs more than 17,500 veterans and military spouses and plans to hire over 10,000 more by 2021."
The team will not only promote the opportunities within Amazon in Australia but also the global availability of roles in the US, UK and other European countries.
"Close to 6,000 veterans have now gone through our program in Australia, and we find that a lot of their skills are transferrable to anything from sales and operational roles through to high-tech careers. We've been working with the Amazon team for some time now helping veterans find new civilian roles where they can grow their skills, and it's great to have them once again supporting our event," explained WYWM CEO ANZ, Tom Larter.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will take place from 20-27 October and will host more than 500 competitors from across 18 nations competing in 11 medal sports. The events will be staged across greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and in and around Sydney Harbour. An estimated 1,000 family and friends are expected to accompany the competitors with all being supported by around 1,000 volunteers.