Openreach to recruit a further 3,000 apprentice engineers

 

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, welcomed news that Openreach, the UK’s digital network business, will hire 3,000 new trainees – of which around 1,600 are newly created roles - over the next 12 months.

The announcement is an extension of Openreach’s largest ever recruitment drive, with 6,500 apprentice engineers being hired over this year and next to support its ‘full fibre’ broadband build plans.

Speaking at the official opening of Openreach’s new training school in Peterborough, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd said: “This is a huge expansion in high skilled, well paying, jobs across the UK and yet another demonstration of the jobs success we have seen since 2010.

”Because behind every employment number is a person and family whose self-esteem, mental wellbeing and economic circumstances and life chances are all vastly improved by being in the workplace.

“And it is also good news that these are some new training roles, developing the skills of our workforce.

“Training and apprenticeships can help create opportunities for women in what are traditionally, male-dominated industries.

“Last year a record number of women moved into work, something reflected in Openreach’s record of hiring more female staff than ever before. It follows on from the good progress we’ve already made with 70,000 women since 2010 starting work as science and engineering professionals.”

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

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