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BT announces new apprentice and graduate recruitment drive

Apprentice recruitment

BT is creating 1,700 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs as it continues to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of the evolving jobs market.

This year’s apprentice and graduate recruitment drive will see the new BT employees work in a variety of roles, ranging from cyber security and traditional engineering roles to production at BT Sport.

BT is committed to building a culture of tech literacy within the UK so that the country remains a digital leader. In the past two years BT has recruited nearly 2,500 apprentices and graduates and this year’s recruitment drive builds on that.

BT is one of the UK’s largest employers with 81,000 UK-based people. The new roles, which include those with EE and Plusnet, are spread across a number of locations including London, Glasgow, Belfast, Sheffield, Nottingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Openreach, BT’s local access network business, will launch its own recruitment drive in due course.

A number of the recruits will be based at BT’s world-recognised labs at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, in Suffolk. This research centre is at the forefront of developing communications networks and is playing a leading role in the development of ultrafast broadband and 5G.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Robert Halfon has welcomed the announcement and said: “It is always good to talk about apprenticeships and the ladder of opportunity they give people to secure the career they want.” Gaving Patterson (chief executive of BT) added: “Young people today need three basic skills – reading, writing, and tech know-how. BT is investing in the next generation, helping to train primary school teachers to teach computer science and recruiting large numbers of apprentices and graduates. This is the right thing for us to do if the UK is to remain a digital leader."