Openreach is expanding its work force once again. It is looking to take on another 250 engineering staff from the pool of people set to leave the Armed Forces in the next year. Openreach has announced that it will offer leavings the opportunity to spend three months on a civilian attachment as part of the MOD's Career Transition Partnership, with the offer of a full-time post assuming various criteria are met during the attachment.
Assuming the full 250 are recruited this would take the number ex-Forces personnel recruited to more than 1,000 and the total number of new recruits to Openreach to 1,900 since March 2011 if our numbers are correct.
With Openreach suffering delays to work due to the small matter of adverse weather conditions over the summer, and the likelihood of more work coming via the BDUK/Local Authority projects over the next three years and beyond the need to expand the workforce is pretty urgent.