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BT and EE to Create 1,400 New UK Apprenticeship and Graduate Jobs

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 (10:57 am) - Score 981

Telecoms operator BT has today announced that it is set to create “around” 1,400 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in 2016, which will involve related employees working in a range of roles from cybersecurity to engineering.

Apparently the roles will be spread across the company with EE and BTOpenreach both taking on large numbers (Openreach will take about a third), as will BT’s research and development arm at Adastral Park in Suffolk. Most of the vacancies will be created in the major cities of Glasgow, London, Swansea, Belfast, Leeds, Liverpool, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT, said:

“Technology is changing all the time and companies need to support and train young people to develop the skills required for successful careers in essential areas such as science, engineering and IT. The UK has been ranked as the leading digital economy in the G20 for the past five years, and our investment in these people will help this continue.”

It’s worth adding that BT has already created 1,700 apprenticeship and graduate jobs over the past two years, so to add 1,400 in a single year is quite a big boost.

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13 Responses
  1. Avatar Steve Jones says:

    Are these additional jobs, or just trainees to replace existing employees? BT (especially) has an ageing workforce with many due to retire over the next decade or so.

    Not, incidentally, confined to BT – apparently we have the same issue with many trades and professions. Everything from GPs to bricklayers. There’s something of a mismatch between the education system and the needs of the economy.

    1. Avatar dragoneast says:

      The “system”, whatever it is, must be a really wonderful thing. It carries the can for everything.

    2. Avatar TheManStan says:

      Unfortunately, politicians love to tinker with “systems” and set impossible/improbable targets.

      Take science, funding of science they like to have linked to a definitive economic outcome, so creates a better product or cures illness. Which means blue sky research is at a funding disadvantage… but very often blue sky research results in some of the most fundamental changes in economy…

  2. Avatar chris says:

    Openreach will continue to invest in mobile and content. Then they will fold. and government will have to lay the fibre to support BT. watch this space. They will continue to leach the copper assets and fight any attempt to split them for another decade. But eventually this superfarce will end.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Chris openreach do not and will not. They are not a mobile division nor do they have anything to do with content.

    2. Avatar TheManStan says:

      They do put in proper full fat fibre infrastructure for mobile telco masts…

    3. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Yep they do, they also provide full fat fibre to banks but that doesn’t put them in the finance sector 🙂

    4. Avatar TheFacts says:

      The same will apply to Virgin Media as they are not installing fibre.

      It must be very embarrassing for the hard working people of B4RN to see one their people talking such complete rubbish. What does Barry think?

    5. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      Openreach have nothing to do with either mobile or content.

  3. Avatar TheFacts says:

    No support from the usual suspects of a UK company recruiting.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      They probably think it’s a stunt to fend off a split

  4. Avatar yang says:

    more cowboys getting recruited lol

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