BT is searching for 20 apprentices to work in its IT services division, BT Engage IT, in its largest-ever recruitment drive.
The recruitment strategy aims to support the company's growth in its products, managed services and support businesses. BT is looking for 20 school leavers and 40 IT sales staff.
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David Biggs, BT Engage IT's HR director, said the three-year apprenticeship provides successful candidates with training and assessment for an NVQ level-three qualification.
"Getting the right people is integral to our growth strategy, but also for ensuring we provide the level of service the industry demands and our customers have come to expect," he said,
BT closed its graduate recruitment programme in 2009 as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Sid Barnes, executive director at recruitment firm Computer People, said large companies - such BT, Sky, Visa Europe and IBM - are making moves to secure their future workforce. Visa Europe has also launched an IT apprenticeship scheme for school leavers.
"Sky have highly skilled staff for today's needs. But they're building a talent pool so if there's a war for talent in the future - as is expected - they've already got a ready-made workforce," he said.
Barnes added that smaller companies would be at the mercy of candidate supply and demand in the IT industry.
BT plans to recruit 30 apprentices in 2012 and 40 by 2013. BT Engage IT's facilities are based in Barlborough, Derbyshire and Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire.
Other job vacancies within BT's Engage IT department includes business consultants as well as account managers and directors.
For more information, visit BT's Engage IT website.