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BT take on apprentices to boost fibre-based broadband roll-out
Tuesday 05 July 2011 17:19:30 by John Hunt

92 new apprentices have been recruited by BT in London to help strengthen its engineering team which will allow the company to ensure it is able to meet the growing demand for faster broadband such as the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services being rolled out at the moment.

"It is vital that we have the skilled engineers we need to maintain and improve our network, which is delivering an increasingly sophisticated range of services. These new apprentices will have a pivotal role to play in that goal and in particular, the deployment of super-fast broadband across the city.

In these difficult economic times this represents a major investment in creating a new highly skilled workforce and demonstrates a firm commitment to providing a first-rate service for the communications industry in London.

There has been unprecedented interest in our apprenticeship scheme around the UK where we have had more than 30,000 applications. This level of interest, coupled with BT's £2.5 billion UK investment in super-fast broadband, led to the decision to take on these 92 new apprentices here in London."

Duncan Ingram (regional director for London), BT

The new apprentices will train through a three-year programme as Openreach engineers joining the 1,500 engineers who currently maintain BT's network in London.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
London should be ok then eh? Shame its only a tiny part of the country.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Indeed, with only 20% of the population living within the metropolitan area... hardly worth the effort of servicing :-\
Posted by digitaldales over 5 years ago
So, once trained, in 3 years time, they are going to give us the best next gen infrastructure in Europe by 2015 then? Reckon BT need far more than 92, however many fully-trained FTTH and FTTC folks they have left on the books.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
shame they made so many redundant last year was it? and stopped the apprentice programme too. Nice to see a little U turn, maybe the JFDI pressure is getting to them?
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
@CB Really? BT have had record numbers applying for their apprenticeship scheme for the last few years... don't know where you got this stopping info from...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/aug/16/bt-apprentice-scheme-may-be-expanded

http://www.itpro.co.uk/628024/bt-apprenticeship-intake-doubles
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
cd - read again - 'There has been unprecedented interest in our apprenticeship scheme around the UK'.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
In which locations are you recruiting apprentices?
- Customer Design and Support locations: Birmingham, Bracknell, Bristol, Cambridge, Dudley, Edinburgh, Ipswich (Adastral Park), Leeds, Liverpool, Llantrisant, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oswestry, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Customer Engineering and Delivery locations: Bristol, Canterbury, Cardiff, Crawley, Dundee, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Leicester, London, Maidenhead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle, North Wales, Northampton, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke, Swindon and Wolverhampton.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Oops typo! Please accept my apologies CB! should say CD...
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
BT taking on contractors round here too.

I doubt a handful of people just talking about it ( JTAI ) has any impact on anything, TBH, nor the hundred odd users of community fibre networks.
Posted by mobilebb over 5 years ago
The quote in your article was actually made by BTOs ceo Liv Garfield back on 13th June.

http://www.btplc.com/news/articles/showarticle.cfm?articleid=%7B2c5b7be6-5db4-4c08-867b-4159e809f2b3%7D

Suggests that either TB has this wrong or BT's PR people have become very lazy. I bet the latter :) .
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