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BT to Recruit 400 More UK Apprentices and Graduates

Thursday, Jan 26th, 2023 (10:00 pm) - Score 1,464
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Broadband ISP and telecoms giant BT has tonight announced that they intend to recruit another 400 apprentices and graduates this year (down from 600 in 2022), which will form part of their usual September 2023 intake. This will reflect roles spanning areas such as engineering (5G and FTTP etc.), customer service, research and security.

As usual, the new roles will be spread across a number of locations including in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Ipswich, Leeds, London and Manchester. BT is quick to note that they’re one of the UK’s largest private sector apprenticeship employers and have recruited more than 2,000 apprentices and graduates over the past 3 years, although this does tend to gloss over job losses in other areas.

The operator is also keen to point out that they’re one of the UK’s largest private sector apprenticeship employers and have recruited more than 2,600 apprentices and graduates over the past four years. The company has around 4,000 colleagues working towards their qualifications at any given time.

Athalie Williams, BT’s Chief Human Resources Officer, said:

“As one of the largest private sector employers of apprentices and graduates in the UK, we continue to recruit and attract brilliant people into our business and we offer unparalleled development opportunities to those who join us.

Despite the current economic backdrop, we’re building a future pipeline of talent to help drive growth across our business, deliver great outcomes for all of our customers and to underpin economic growth in the UK.”

Alongside its apprenticeship and graduate scheme opportunities, BT is also investing in several initiatives to support young jobseekers. These include the Work Ready training scheme and FastFutures, which they say have already helped “thousands of young people to kickstart their careers.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Name says:

    Because they are cheaper.

    1. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Yes, but also do not have the experience so dealing with outlying issues takes longer.

      BT at one point had an ageing workforce – you can’t just let people drop out of the work pool without replacing them. Bringing them in and training them to your spec has its merits vs hiring “already trained” people.

  2. Avatar photo anonymous says:

    BT using cheap labour under guise of doing it for society. Of course apprentices do benefit, but this is to avoid recruiting experienced people or retention of long experienced staff.
    Just my opinion…

  3. Avatar photo anonymous says:

    Fresh apprentices devoid of corporate experience so can be brain washed and not see through the management BS until 10/15 years down the line…..

    So many companies employing fresh graduates and apprentices these days. In my day, they didn’t want to know as most didn’t have real world experience, but then that was when you were encouraged a career with a company and work your way up. Now its get the training and go elsewhere for more money.

  4. Avatar photo adagr says:

    Foreign Graduates on UK post university visa’s more like , an excuse to get the cheapest most highly qualified on paper but totally inexperienced consultants from abroad. It usually goes pear shaped but does BT HR ever learn.

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