BT is creating more than 1,000 new apprenticeship and graduate roles mainly in the areas of IT, technology research and engineering.
The telecoms giant is looking for about 300 science, technology and business graduates and around 730 apprentices to work in the areas of IT support, software design, engineering, finance and logistics.
It has also created a new digital media technology apprenticeship, which will teach young people skills in web development, digital networks, digital TV and digital media distribution.
In addition to these new recruits, BT has pledged to provide up to 1,500 vocational training and work experience placements for unemployed people aged 18 to 24 over the next 18 months, as part of the UK employer-led initiative ‘Movement to Work’. Each placement will be four to seven weeks long.
Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: “This is a tough time in the job market, with almost a million young people across the UK struggling to find work. Every company needs to play its part in ensuring that Britain’s future workforce isn’t impaired by long-term unemployment.
“BT has an exciting future ahead of it, investing in the UK’s high speed broadband infrastructure, and advances in television and digital media. Through new apprenticeships, graduate training and the Movement to Work programme, we want thousands of young people in Britain to share in this future.”
BT’s recruitment drive comes ahead of next months’ National Apprenticeship Week.
“Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all employers to follow the lead of firms like BT and recognise the value and dynamism apprentices can offer businesses of all sizes,” said Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Technology graduates and technical apprentices will work on “cutting edge” projects, such as future broadcasting and wireless technology, big data and the Internet of Things and innovative high-speed fibre communication networks.
Many of the new recruits will be based at BT’s research campus at Adastral Park, near Ipswich in Suffolk.
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