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Virgin Media creates 120 more apprenticeships to support superfast broadband

Tuesday, March 4th 2014 by Dean Reilly
Virgin Media announces new round of apprenticeship appointments

Jobs are being offered for 120 apprentices at Virgin Media this spring.

Virgin Media has revealed that it will be creating 120 new apprentice jobs for young people in order to meet the growing demand for its superfast broadband and digital entertainment services.
The cable company has successfully trained up more than 750 apprentice engineers since it began offering such opportunities in 2008, but it now needs more personnel to support it through the next phase of rollouts and service provision.

Each successful graduate will receive a nationally recognised NVQ in Communication Technology and it is anticipated that demand for places will be very high given that 7,500 applications were received for corresponding courses last year.

Virgin Media's Chief Customer, Technology and Networks Officer Paul Buttery, who started out as a telecoms apprentice himself, said: "Superfast broadband creates lots of opportunities for young people and we are pleased to be offering them the chance to gain the skills and qualifications to kickstart their careers in a thriving industry."

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP praised Virgin Media following its announcement and urged other companies to do the same, particularly as the average completed apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week.

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