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BT starts engineering recruitment drive as fibre broadband rollout continues

Thursday, March 7th 2013 by Cable.co.uk
BT announces major new engineering recruitment drive

The company will add 1,000 engineers to its staff to aid in the rollout of fibre broadband.

BT has announced that it will be taking on up to 1,000 new engineers in order to help with its rollout of fibre broadband throughout the UK.

The new jobs will be split with 400 of them apprenticeships, 200 reserved for armed forces and the last 400 to be other permanent additions.

These titles are being created at BT's Openreach unit, with most of the new recruits employed to install fibre optic broadband in people's homes.

BT stated its fibre network is already the largest in the UK - passing more than 13 million homes - and this footprint will increase in the coming months with the new additions.

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the move, stating that the government is driving a transformation in UK broadband services and these new recruits will help deliver this.

Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT, said in a statement: "We remain highly confident that fibre can be provided to more than 90 per cent of UK homes and businesses, making the UK a global digital leader."

These new hires are in addition to the extra 400 staff that were employed by Openreach in August last year.

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