Former troops called up for fibre assault

Ex-armed forces personnelBT’s Openreach division is enlisting the help of some 200 ex-armed forces personnel to help deliver superfast fibre broadband to the UK.

The new recruits - made up of both men and women – will form part of a crack mobile engineering unit working to deploy superfast broadband to homes and businesses across the UK.

Openreach’s ‘fast-track’ recruitment programme means that a majority of them will start training this month before being deployed on the frontline of BT’s fibre roll-out.

Said Olivia Garfield, chief executive of Openreach: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to recruit so many ex-armed services personnel.

“These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full-time employment with a generous reward package.

“They are highly skilled, motivated and disciplined and have experience of complex engineering tasks in challenging environments,” she said

BT’s deployment of fibre broadband is one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects. Some 3,000 engineers are working flat out to ensure that by 2015, two thirds of the UK will have access to fibre.