BT today announced plans to create up to 200 new engineering jobs in the South West as part of a major recruitment drive across the UK.
The company is particularly keen to recruit in Exeter, Barnstaple, Honiton, Taunton, Yeovil, Bristol, Bridgwater, Shepton Mallett, Trowbridge, Swindon, Weymouth, Bath, Truro and Poole.
The company said the latest intake of engineers will help to continue to improve customer service and bring high-speed fibre broadband to even more communities.
BT’s local network business, Openreach, has already made fibre broadband available fire more than 1.5 million in the South West. Nationally, Openreach expects to recruit 1,600 engineers.
The business expects a significant number of the engineering roles to be taken up by ex-service men and women - continuing the company’s long-standing relationship with the UK Armed Forces. Openreach is also particularly keen to recruit more female engineers and has launched a campaign encouraging women to enter the world of engineering.
The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, said: “Supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan.
“So I am delighted that BT is launching this major recruitment drive for 1,600 engineers across the UK, providing financial security for families and delivering a world class infrastructure for Britain.”
Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “BT is leading the economic recovery of the South West as one of the region’s largest investors. Not only are we building a superfast broadband network, which is giving a major boost to the region’s households and businesses, we are creating highly skilled local jobs offering exciting careers, such as those announced today.
“Working with our partners in the public sector we are determined to ensure that the South West is in the best position possible to take full advantage of the superfast broadband revolution. The region should be really positive about its future. Exciting times lie ahead for both BT and the South West. The opportunities for businesses to grow and for households to benefit from enhanced on-line learning and entertainment are immense.”
Recruitment for the new roles is already underway in parts of the country, and people interested in applying for the posts should go to www.openreach.co.uk/careers