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BT creates jobs boost in Exeter for broadband project

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 04, 2014


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Communications giant BT is creating new jobs in Exeter

to help build a new high-speed fibre broadband network in the region.

The company is recruiting 42 engineers and is taking on the new recruits in Exeter, Taunton, Plymouth, Bristol and Salisbury.

The successful applicants, who range from mature ex-armed forces personnel to people in their teens and early 20s, are on 18-month fixed term contracts with Openreach, BT’s local network business.

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They will be part of the major engineering workforce installing thousands of kilometres of optical fibre and other equipment across the region in support of major super-fast broadband partnerships in Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The recruits undergo an initial five-week training programme, which includes classroom training, building practical skills at a training centre and ‘buddying’ with experienced engineers.

Jon Reynolds, BT South-West regional director, said: “We’ve been impressed by the high standard of our latest recruits, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and careers.

“They’ve shown a great enthusiasm for the work and the huge benefits this exciting technology is bringing to the South West."

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  • Tavistock_SFB  |  January 04 2014, 5:30PM

    Any movement in providing superfast roll-out to areas in the South West Region, outside Exeter towards Superfast Cornwall needs celebrating. There have been a few digital crumbs cast out so far, so on behalf of the digital peasants we keep those bowls out stretched with weary arms...