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Become an Openreach apprentice

As an apprentice you'll work alongside experienced colleagues to gain job-specific skills, and attend college to work towards a nationally recognised professional qualification in your chosen career path.

The main benefit of an apprenticeship is that you can earn whilst learning. Successful applicants onto our Openreach apprentice schemes will enjoy the benefits of a permanent job with us.

Anyone over 16, living in the UK and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.

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What are different types of apprenticeship?

Openreach offers arrange of apprenticeships dependent on your qualifications and the area of the business you chose to work in.


You'll work towards work-based learning Level 3 competence qualification (BTEC) learning functional skills which are supported by a knowledge based qualification such as an NVQ.


You'll work towards work-based learning Level 4 competence qualification which are consolidated by the achievement of a foundation degree.

Full degree

You'll work toward our work-based learning degree qualification.

Who funds the apprenticeship?

Our apprentices don't have to pay towards their apprenticeship. Openreach will pay for the training as well as paying a competitive salary.

How long does it take?

The length of the apprenticeship Openreach offers depends on the programme and the type of qualification the apprentice is working towards. Typically our apprenticeships are between two and four years long.

How is learning achieved?

Our apprenticeships are designed so they offer a structured programme that develops the skills that you need to excel. Along the way there are targets and checks to make sure you are supported and are making progress.

The majority of training takes place on the job, with the remainder taking place at a local college or a specialist training organisation.

You will complete the off-the-job training on day release or over a number of block release days. The amount of time you spend at college varies according to the apprenticeship, and could be anything from one day per week up to one week per month.

The outcome of this blended learning method will be a vocational qualification for you which will be useful in your job, and help you succeed in your future career.

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship for a young person?

A job from day one with all the benefits of being an Openreach employee. Plus support during training and working towards a professional qualification.

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Matthew Stewart

My name is Matthew Stewart, I am 22 years old and I work as a service delivery apprentice engineer for Openreach. My job involves installing and repairing telephony and broadband services in the Northeast. In my job I get to meet new people every day which is something I really enjoy.

I take an active part in sports and lead a healthy lifestyle. I am a positive person with a drive to succeed and currently compete in elite amateur boxing. The personal qualities that I have developed in my sport are those that I bring to my role in Openreach.

My experience at Openreach has been varied and includes having been appointed the team lead for time related charges. I have been encouraged to progress my career and this has involved shadowing my manager in her job role and receiving mentoring from senior operational managers. I have covered a manager’s annual leave which allowed me to act as a manager of an engineering team for 3 weeks to help me gain experience. Openreach recently sent me to Birmingham to undertake a management mock assessment to prepare me for an interview in that role in the future.

To help promote the company’s support of various charities, I was responsible for organising a fundraising day for Sports Relief. I regularly represent Openreach at school career day’s promoting apprenticeships.

Working for Openreach is brilliant and is providing all the opportunities I need to advance my career. Starting as an engineer I have gained valuable technical knowledge, an understanding of Openreach’s network and capabilities. Openreach has allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge making me an ever more valuable asset to the business. 




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Accelerated leadership programme

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