BT take on apprentices to boost fibre-based broadband roll-out
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.