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BT Recruits 1000 New UK Engineers to Support Superfast Fibre Broadband

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 (7:42 am) - Score 3,158
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BTOpenreach, which takes care of BT’s national telecoms network in the United Kingdom, has today announced the recruitment of a further 1,000 new engineers to help with the on-going roll-out of superfast broadband (FTTC, FTTP) and phone services into customers’ homes.

As before 200 of the new recruits are expected be reserved” for ex-armed forces personnel and 400 will be placed on an apprentice training scheme that should last for more than two years; focusing mostly on home installs before learning more advanced skills. The others will come from normal recruitment.

The move means that Openreach, in addition to the 1,500 or so new recruits added in 2012, will have boosted its national pool of telecoms engineers to reach a total of over 6,000.

Ian Livingston, BTs CEO, said:

BT’s investment, together with the government’s BDUK programme, will cement the UK’s position as one of the leading broadband nations in Europe. We remain highly confident that fibre [FTTC/P] can be provided to more than 90% of UK homes and businesses, making the UK a global digital leader.

Faster broadband will help to fuel the UK economy and the jobs we are creating are part of that. Almost half of the jobs will be offered under our popular apprenticeship scheme giving young people the chance to earn a recognised qualification and pursue a career as a skilled telecoms engineer.”

David Cameron, Prime Minister, added:

Working with business, the Government is driving a transformation in UK broadband services and with an extra 100,000 homes and businesses gaining superfast broadband availability each week, this is already taking shape. Providing much faster broadband speeds, and enabling millions more homes and businesses to enjoy these speeds is vital for driving investment and equipping the UK to compete and thrive in the global race.”

BT are currently spending £2.5bn of their own money to push the latest superfast broadband technology out to cover 66% of UK homes and businesses by the spring of 2014, when the service will become available to 19 million premises in the UK (currently available to 13 million).

The operator has indicated that its up to 80Mbps FTTC and 330Mbps FTTP technology could even reach 90% of premises by 2017, albeit only provided they win the lion’s share of public funding from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK office (worth up to £830m plus another £1bn from BT itself).

So far BT has picked up all of the related BDUK contracts and, due to a lack of viable competition in the bidding process, we don’t expect that trend to change.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar FibreFred

    Good stuff, although there’s something wrong with those figures isn’t there?

    200+400 != 1000

    It is early 🙂

    • The PR only makes clear where the first 600 come from. Data about the other 400 is too vague, just seems like general hiring practice and so not worth mentioning.

  2. Avatar alan

    Merry go round- like many other BT engineers specialising in Fibre Optic provision, I was given early retirement many years ago, due to the shedding of staff.
    Contract Labour was the in-word
    We could see within a short space of time, BT were then drastically short of specialist engineers.
    So here we are again, recruiting staff to make up the shortfall of their cull back in the late 90`s and early 2000

    • Avatar FibreFred

      But that is normal isn’t it? This is the biggest infrastructure rollout of its kind for them so they need extra staff, I expect in years to come the numbers will drop off again.

      Any company undertaking a big piece of work can usually expect to recruit more staff for its duration, G4S for the Olympics for example

  3. Avatar alan

    FibreFred.

    I agree with your comments entirely !

  4. Avatar Ben

    Does anyone know how you can apply for one of these positions? I have a few friends that went straight from the forces to Openreach, but I left 2 years ago and dont know how to apply. The website is not much help. Thanks

    • Avatar Edd

      Dear Ben,

      I am a fibre technician and have been ex forces and you won’t get into BT unless you have immediate family within BT as they won’t take people who deal with fibre day in day out. I’m still waiting for an interview

  5. Avatar Gary bunce

    I have recently passed c&g fibre optics exams and also a btec adv In fibre optics in internal and external environments. Competent in fusion splicing , dry terminations of cat6. Mechanical splicing also using om1,2,3Able to test with Otdr , Fault finding , cable management etc. question ?can anybody direct me to people who may advance my search for splicing jobs within the telecoms arena. Many thanks. Gary

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