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Business Students Get Privileged Access To Amazon

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Year 13 Business and Economics students visit Amazon for a tour of one its largest fulfilment centres. With them is Jawad Warraich (extreme right) Senior Operations Manager at Amazon, Doncaster.

Year 13 Business and Economics students from Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College were once again provided privileged access to the state-of-the-art facilities of one of the world's leading online retailers, Amazon.

The College established a relationship with the Doncaster site five years ago through its then site lead, Stuart Morgan, who attended both Tollbar Academy and MAT Sixth Form College. Stuart has gone on to become Regional Operations Director, responsible for eight of the company's sites in the UK.

As part of their A Level studies, students visited the Amazon Fulfilment Centre at iPort, Doncaster, to see first-hand the processes that help the company offer customers up to 700 million products, and sell up to 27 million worldwide every day. That's 306 sales every second, at peak time!

Amazon's LBA2 is one of the UK's largest facilities, at approximately 1.1 million square feet or roughly the size of 15 football pitches, allowing for storage of larger items such as TVs, home appliances and kayaks. Completed in 2017 at a cost of £100-million, LBA2 is one of three Amazon Fulfilment Centres in the Doncaster area.

Richard Foster, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, said: "Students received a briefing about the company's origins, business model and ethos, before a comprehensive tour of the facility, which included an insight into the unique operational systems that help the company process so many orders. This was followed by a Q&A with the site lead, Adam Banks, who further provided information about career opportunities within the global company.

"After lunch in the staff canteen students returned to college to reflect on how they could utilise the Amazon case study in their summer A Level exams. It all amounted to a brilliant opportunity to see business theory come to life at the world's most valuable company!"

Students tour the vast Amazon centre.

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Principal

Caroline L Yates BA (Hons).