BT have announced a recruitment programme for ex-armed forces personnel which has so far seen Openreach employ 181 Service leavers out of 202 which were interviewed (a 90% success rate at interview). The new staff will form part of BT's engineering workforce who will help to deploy fibre-based broadband across the country.
"It's fantastic that we've been able to recruit so many ex-armed services personnel. These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full-time employment with a generous reward package. They are highly skilled, motivated and disciplined and have experience of complex engineering tasks in challenging environments.
Our 'fast-track' recruitment programme should see the majority of them join us by the end of May and given their experience, we will be able to train them up quickly and get them straight out where we need them.Olivia Garfield, (CEO) Openreach
Currently around three thousand full time BT engineers are devoted to rolling out BT's fibre-based broadband which will see two-thirds of the country gain access, mainly through fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, by 2015. Openreach is looking to employ around 200 ex-armed forces personnel in total.
Hopefully this recruitment will help Openreach get on top of its workload as lead times for installs of new lines have been high since October, with some areas reporting a 6 week lead time for a new phoneline installation in January. Openreach hope to have this "back to normal" by June or July.