BT has launched a major job-creation scheme involving 700 apprenticeships and 300 graduate positions across the UK.
The new recruits will work in a variety of roles across BT’s diverse UK organisation, in areas such as software development, IT, engineering, digital technology, consultancy and business analysis.
A number of the apprentices joining the scheme will be eligible to undertake Degree Apprenticeships, starting from September 2015, which will allow them to complete full honours degrees while working.
The Degree Apprenticeships scheme is backed by the government and industry to integrate degree-level learning with on-the-job training.
BT also reaffirmed its commitment to tackling youth unemployment by providing 1,000 further vocational training and work experience places for out-of-work 18 to 24-year-olds over the next two years under the auspices of the Movement to Work scheme.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Backing those who want to work hard and get on with the skills they need to succeed is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s recovery.”
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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson added: “The UK’s future as a technology leader hinges on young people getting the skills, support and training they need to create successful careers in science, engineering and IT.
“These new recruits will have the opportunity to work in fields such as technology research, engineering, IT and TV, helping to create and build the next generation of communications technologies for the UK.”
A substantial number of the new roles will be based at BT’s research campus, Adastral Park in Suffolk, where scientists are currently developing future communications network technologies, such as 5G and G.fast 500Mbps broadband. Many of the apprentices and graduates will be placed on these projects, said BT.
Clive Selley, chief executive of BT Technology, Service and Operations, said: “These are exciting times for BT as we make further advances in high-speed broadband, mobile, sport and digital television, and our new recruits will be at the heart of the company’s transformation.”
Another third of the recruits, about 330, will be taken into Openreach to help extend the national fibre roll-out, BT added.