New Apprentices Boost London Super-fast Broadband Roll-out
05 July 2011
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They will join a 1,500 strong workforce responsible for building and maintaining the network that delivers essential broadband, data and voice services for London homes, businesses, public services and government. Each year tens of millions of pounds are invested by BT’s local network business, Openreach, in London.
BT is currently celebrating the fiftieth year of its formal apprenticeships programme. The latest recruits, ranging in age from 18 to 32 are among hundreds joining BT in the UK this academic year.
They will now embark on a three-year programme to train as customer service engineers with the installation of next generation super-fast broadband top of their training schedule.
The training includes time spent at Openreach’s Croydon training centre in Stafford Road.
Apprentice Danny Lau said: “I wanted a career where I could combine theory with the hands on experience of learning.
“I grew up in Enfield and I now look forward to helping improve the capital’s communications infrastructure which will help to make our city more prosperous and an even better place to live and work.”
Duncan Ingram, BT’s regional director for London, said: “It is vital that we have the skilled engineers we need to maintain and improve our network, which is delivering an increasingly sophisticated range of services. These new apprentices will have a pivotal role to play in that goal and in particular, the deployment of super-fast broadband across the city.
“In these difficult economic times this represents a major investment in creating a new highly skilled workforce and demonstrates a firm commitment to providing a first-rate service for the communications industry in London.
“There has been unprecedented interest in our apprenticeship scheme around the UK where we have had more than 30,000 applications. This level of interest, coupled with BT’s £2.5 billion UK investment in super-fast broadband, led to the decision to take on these 92 new apprentices here in London.”
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