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BT services division takes 15 school leavers for IT apprenticeships in recruitment drive

Karl Flinders

BT Engage has taken on 15 school leavers to embark on three-year IT apprenticeships.

BT's services division embarked on an IT apprenticeship recruitment campaign in May. The three-year apprenticeship provides the trainee with tutelage and assessment for an NVQ level-three qualification.

"The BT Engage IT apprenticeship scheme - which has been developed as part of the wider BT Group programme, and in conjunction with heads, teachers and industry - works with apprentices for up to three years, provides training and assessment for an NVQ level-three qualification in a range of IT related disciplines at BT Engage IT's facilities in Barlborough, Derbyshire, and Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire," said BT Engage. "The aim is to equip apprentices with the skills they need to build a long career in IT."

The apprenticeship scheme forms part of a major recruitment drive at BT Engage, which has seen 40 people recruited across the business. BT said it has also taken staff from bigger IT services firms including Capita, Computacenter, Fujitsu, HP and IBM.

BT's recruitment drive comes as the company attempts to grow rapidly. BT Engage has about 100 full-service customers, but now it has integrated acquisitions such as HP reseller Basilica and networking equipment supplier Xpert, it wants to reach about 600 full-service customers.

BT Engage serves UK companies that sit between the low-end BT Business operation and the high-end BT Global Services brand, with end-to-end IT services.

The company is just about to embark on a major customer recruitment drive. According to managing director Martin Balaam, the target customer will have between 500 and 5,000 IT users. It has quite a long list of customers, including Esure and Grampian Fire and Rescue.

BT intends to recruit another 15 apprentices in September.

The company had a turnover of about £200m last year and employs 800 people.




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