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BT To Create 1,000 New Apprenticeships & Graduate Jobs

06 Mar 2015

BT To Create 1,000 New Apprenticeships & Graduate Jobs

BT has announced plans to recruit 700 new apprentices and 300 graduates this year as it continues with big engineering projects.

The 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs at BT over the next twelve months will be in a variety of roles and will be spread throughout various parts of the UK. However, it seems like most of the BT apprentice opportunities and graduate vacancies will be concentrated in areas of London, Leeds, Ipswich, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow.

Over 200 of the apprenticeships will be within BT's Openreach division, responsible for expanding the UK’s fibre network and enhancing service across the infrastructure.

As well as apprenticeships and graduate roles in the engineering world, BT will also be creating hundreds of opportunities in other fields such as software development, IT, TV and digital technology.

The new recruits will be a part of BT’s rollout of next-generation broadband services and their development of cutting-edge ultra-fast technology at a cost of £3 billion, an investment which will see the company making super-fast fibre-optic broadband available to 19 out of every 20 UK households over the course of the next few years.

Commenting on the new apprenticeships and graduate jobs, BT’s Chief Executive Officer of Tech, Service & Operations, Clive Selley, said: “I’m delighted that BT is able to create so many new career opportunities for school and university leavers across the UK. These are exciting times for BT as we make further advances in high speed broadband, mobile, sport and digital television, and our new recruits will be at the heart of the company’s transformation.”

“Through apprenticeships, graduate training and our work experience and traineeship programmes, there are a wide range of fantastic routes available for young people to create fulfilling, exciting careers at BT. This includes our new Degree Apprenticeships, which can lead to full Honours degree qualifications,” added Mr Selley.

Prime Minister David Cameron, welcomed the news, saying: “I’m delighted that BT is creating 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs. Today’s announcement underlines BT’s commitment to training young people and gives them the security of a monthly pay packet and the chance of a better future. Backing those who want to work hard and get on with the skills they need to succeed is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s recovery.”

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, was also pleased by the BT announcement:

“These new apprenticeships from BT will give hundreds of young people and adults the chance to begin a successful career at one of the country’s leading employers. Apprenticeships are a fast-track route into the workplace, and can take you almost anywhere, even offering the chance to gain a degree on the job,” said Mr Cable.

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week (9th-13th March) and we’re going to be sharing lots of news and live apprenticeship opportunities on our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week. Follow us on both of those to spot new apprentice vacancies and other entry level jobs for young people in the UK.

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