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Fifty New Jobs in Yorkshire from High Speed Broadband


1:44pm 7th March 2013

Fifty new jobs are coming to Yorkshire from a thousand new engineering jobs being created to roll out high speed fibre broadband.

Tom Keeney, BT regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This latest recruitment is a further example of BT’s great commitment to Yorkshire and the Humber. We are one of the region’s largest private sector employers and investors. At a time of great economic challenge we are creating more high-quality jobs and rolling out high-speed fibre broadband to communities across the region.

There is a strong demand across Yorkshire and the Humber for this exciting new technology, which offers huge benefits and opportunities for local homes and businesses.

“In addition to our commercial roll-out of fibre broadband, BT is working in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council on the Superfast North Yorkshire project to deliver access to fibre broadband to 90 per cent of North Yorkshire’s homes and businesses by the end of 2014.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I warmly welcome the announcement from BT today. 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 chief executive Ian Livingston added: “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 can be provided to more than 90 per cent 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.”

The business will fill the 1,000 posts with a mix of apprentices, further armed forces personnel and other candidates, including some long-term unemployed.

Four hundred apprenticeships are to be offered, providing young people with a training scheme lasting two and a half years. These apprentices will focus on installing new fibre broadband connections in customers’ homes during their first year, before going on to learn the full range of engineering tasks in the remaining months.

At the end of their training, the apprentices will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles. As part of their qualification, apprentices will also complete academic studies in Maths, English and ICT, providing them with the essential skills needed to progress in the workplace.

These apprenticeships are likely to be much sought after. BT has recruited around 460 apprentices to date in the current financial year having received 18,500 applications – more than 40 for each available position.

Openreach will work with the Ministry of Defence and the Careers Transition Partnership to attract further people who are due to leave the armed forces. The business has recruited more than 1,000 staff from the armed forces in the past two years and is keen to find a further 200 under this latest recruitment programme.

The remaining 400 roles will be filled via other routes with a focus on offering some of the roles to the long term unemployed.

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