BT hires 1,000 broadband engineers

The OpenReach division of communications giant BT will get a big boost to staff numbers as it continues its broadband roll-out across the UK

More than 1,000 new jobs are being created by BT in the UK to help with its ongoing broadband roll-out.

BT is investing £2.5bn in 163 broadband exchanges to bring fibre connectivity to two thirds of the UK by Spring 2014. 

Nearly half of the new positions – 400 – will go to apprentices who will be enrolled on a training scheme lasting a minimum of two years. The BT apprentices will end with a BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles.

BT hopes to work with the Ministry of Defence to give 200 of the jobs to former armed services employees, giving them a way back into a civilian life.

Details about the other 400 jobs on offer were less forthcoming but BT claimed it would focus on giving a number of them to the long-term unemployed.

BT's plans received the support of prime minister David Cameron, who said today: “I warmly welcome the announcement from BT. Working with business, the government is driving a transformation in UK broadband services and with an extra 100,000 homes and businesses gaining superfast broadband availability each week, this is already taking shape.

“Providing much faster broadband speeds, and enabling millions more homes and businesses to enjoy these speeds is vital for driving investment and equipping the UK to compete and thrive in the global race.”

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