Openreach and BT have been recruiting more engineering staff to the group as their commercial roll-out of full and partial fibre services accelerates and today sees another 1,000 new jobs being announced in response to the level of BDUK contract wins.
"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."BT chief executive Ian Livingston
These additional 1,000 jobs will include 400 apprenticeships and 200 will be reserved for armed forces personnel. The apprenticeships will be take a training scheme that lasts around two and a half years giving them a BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles, their first year focusing on installing FTTC/P connections in customers' homes in the first year.
Update 1pm: The full BT press release with more detail on the extra 1,000 jobs is now online.