Telecoms giant BT has announced today that it is creating about 165 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North East.
In its drive to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of a changing jobs market, recruitment will take place in a number of locations across the region.
This year’s BT apprentice and graduate recruitment, which includes mobile operator EE, will see the new employees work in a variety of roles, ranging from customer service, vehicle maintenance and HR to ICT.
BT is committed to building a culture of tech literacy within the UK so that the country remains a digital leader. The latest recruitment of 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK builds on the employment of nearly 2,500 in the past two years.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Robert Halfon, has welcomed the announcement, saying: “It is always good to talk about apprenticeships and the ladder of opportunity they give people to secure the career they want.
“By committing to injecting 1,700 new graduate and apprentice jobs into the UK, BT is offering a real chance to be trained by some of the best in their field.
“This is especially great news ahead of what will be the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week where we will showcase the life-changing potential of apprenticeships for people up and down the country.”
Farooq Hakim, chairman of BT’s North East regional board, said: “This latest major recruitment is a further example of BT’s commitment to the North East as one of the region’s leading employers and investors.
“We are offering exciting, high-quality careers in a fast-moving industry in order to ensure the households and businesses of this region are able to benefit from the latest, first-class communications.
“The new recruits will be joining a world-leading company, which has already invested hundreds of millions of pounds in the North East in technologies such as superfast broadband and 4G.”