Although we don’t require any specific qualifications, we do require candidates to have a good level of Maths and English skills, which will be tested during the application process.
You will also need a full manual driving licence with no more than 6 points, have a clear head for heights and be comfortable working in the great outdoors.
The recruitment process
Applying for a job can be a bit daunting but by reading through this section it should put you more at ease. Don’t panic, be yourself and put some thought in to each stage of your application.
This section is to help you understand our application process. There are five steps, which are outlined below:
1. Application form
The first step is find out if there is a vacancy near you. Use our search box to do this by simply selecting the trainee engineer job role and putting in your postcode. Once you’ve found an open vacancy you’re interested in just click apply now. Now you’re ready to fill in our application form – we review each and every completed form in detail, we’ll be looking for evidence that you’re suitable for life at Openreach. You’ll be asked to upload your CV – so make sure it’s up to date and includes any qualifications.
2. Situational strengths test
If you’re application meets what we’re looking for, you’ll be invited to complete an online situational strengths test. You may be thinking ‘what’s that?’, well it’s an online multiple choice test where you’ll be asked to consider a range of real situations, and you’ll be given different approaches to deal with them. Don’t worry if you’ve not been in that type of situation before – it’s not about that. It’s about what you would naturally do, and that’ll tell us what your preferred strengths are. We’ll then be able to see if your strengths match to the ones we’re looking for.
Once you've completed the test, we'll let you know straight away if we're going to progress your application to the next stage or not. We'll also give you feedback on your top strengths, even if you haven't been successful.
We care about how people approach the job as well as what they do, because we’re looking for people who’ll be a great fit for our culture.
3. Video interview
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to complete a video interview. We love technology here, and the video interview is a brilliant way for you to show us why you want to work for us. You’ll be sent a link to complete your video interview – and you can complete it on any device, at a time convenient to you.
We’ll give you a few quick questions to answer, and you’ll record your answers on your device. Don’t worry, it’s really quick, there’s loads of time to practice, and there’s also a really helpful film from a colleague giving hints and tips which you’ll be able to see when you’re invited. Don’t panic about how you may come across – just relax, be honest with your answers and tell us why you want to join us.
4. Assessment centre
Finally, if you pass the video interview you’ll be invited to attend an assessment centre.
These are pretty cool and once again aren’t as scary as they sound. You’ll be there with other people, and the interviewers are really nice and supportive. You’ll also get to meet some engineers and get the opportunity to chat with us. We’ll give you further information about this stage nearer the time.
After the assessment centre we’ll be in touch to confirm whether or not we’ll be offering you a role.
So just relax, be yourself and do your best. Good luck!