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Openreach To Create 3,500 New Trainee Engineering Jobs

17 Mar 2018

Openreach To Create 3,500 New Trainee Engineering Jobs

Openreach, the digital network firm, has announced plans to create 3,500 new trainee engineering jobs in the UK over the next twelve months.

Around one in seven of the new Openreach engineering roles will be London jobs, with over 500 vacancies set to be filled in the capital. The other 3,000 trainee engineering roles will be based at locations all over the UK.

Openreach already employs over 22,000 field engineers so the recruitment spree will see the company pass through the 25,000 mark before the middle of next year.

The new recruits will be working to improve broadband infrastructure around the country as part of Openreach’s Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) project.

London will be one of the first places to benefit from the work of the new engineers on the FTTP project, with Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester also part of the initial phase.

The FTTP will then roll out at more UK locations, with the project set to reach 3 million homes and businesses in the next three years and 10 million in the next seven. Openreach’s wider broadband network infrastructure already reaches in 30 million homes and businesses across the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the recruitment drive for trainee engineers, Director of Human Resources at Openreach, Kevin Brady, said: “We want men and women from all walks of life to apply for roles at Openreach so we’re keen to engage with the aspiring engineers of tomorrow and to build a diverse workforce that reflects the hugely diverse communities we serve throughout Britain.”

“Becoming an engineer can be an incredibly rewarding career, and we’re constantly improving our training and recruitment programmes to make sure we attract and keep the best engineers in the business.”

“We’re committed to helping people realise their potential so we’re also delighted to be offering 500 work experience placements, under the Movement to Work programme, to 18-24 year olds who are currently not in education, employment or training.”

Chief Executive of Openreach, Clive Selley, added: “These trainee engineers will be playing a vital role in the future success and prosperity of the UK. Over the last year our 22,200 engineers have been the driving force behind Government reaching its target of making 'superfast’ broadband available to more than 95% of the country, whilst also improving our customer service performance. But we want to do more.”

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, welcomed the announcement, saying: “It’s great news that Openreach is creating 3,500 new permanent jobs rolling out full fibre broadband. This digital infrastructure will be welcomed by families and business across the country, and these new highly skilled jobs will be a boost to our talented workforce as we build an economy fit for the future.”

You can find out more about trainee engineering roles and other entry level jobs in the sector by taking a look at our Engineering Apprenticeships guide, which also features live vacancies you can apply for today.

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