Virgin Media employs 116 apprentices and plans for more

Virgin Media is employing 116 young people from its apprenticeship programme - with more apprentice and trainee opportunities to be made available this summer across the UK to support the firm's fibre broadband expansion.

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Virgin Media is employing 116 young people from its apprenticeship programme - with more apprentice and trainee opportunities to be made available this summer across the UK to support the firm's fibre broadband expansion.

The paid apprenticeships vary between one and two years in length and successful graduates receive nationally recognised qualifications.

Tom Mockridge, CEO of Virgin Media, said: "We are investing in the future of our business as well as the communities we serve by offering young people a great start to their careers with us."

Virgin Media says 785 people have been through its apprentice programme since it was established in 2008. Virgin Media was one of the first companies to support the government’s traineeship initiative.

Announcing a further £20 million of funding for the traineeship scheme last October, skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “The programme is off to an excellent start with strong backing from employers and training providers.

“We have responded to this demand by providing additional investment, and in time traineeships will become the clear route for young people looking to get the crucial grounding they need in the world of work.”

Details of Virgin Media’s search for a new intake of apprentices will be announced during National Apprenticeship Week in March. There are four apprentice areas, including installation and service, network engineer, network planning and management.

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