Biggest recruitment drive
Openreach hires 3,500 trainees for fibre push
Trainees will drive installation of new fibre
Openreach, the broadband infrastructure provider, is hiring 3,500 trainee engineers, including 400 across Scotland, in the largest recruitment drive ever undertaken by the company.
The announcement follows news that Openreach, the digital network business, will accelerate plans to build more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the UK.
The new roles include more than 50 in Highlands & Islands; 40 each in Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire and Argyll & Bute; more than 30 in Dumfries & Galloway; and 25 in Perth & Kinross.
Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ programme will deliver expanded ‘full fibre’ FTTP networks in up to 40 towns, cities and boroughs, setting it on a path to reach ten million British premises by the mid-2020s.
It has committed to making FTTP available in three million British homes and business by the end of 2020 and, if the conditions are right, intends to go significantly further, bringing the benefits of FTTP technology to the majority of homes and businesses in the UK.
Edinburgh is one of the first eight cities in the UK where the roll-out will commence, and around 30 of the new recruits in the capital will work on the Fibre First programme.
Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, said: “These trainee engineers will be playing a vital role in the future success and prosperity of Scotland.”
The Scottish Government’s Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This is very welcome news for broadband users across Scotland, not to mention the 400 trainee engineers who will help to implement Openreach’s ambitious plans. Last year when I met Openreach I was reassured by their plans to hire more engineers and today’s announcement shows that they acted upon it.
“It’s particularly encouraging to see that these engineers will be based across the country, with that influx of new jobs and skilled employees set to benefit some of Scotland’s more rural areas.”
Fraser Rowberry, general manager of Openreach in Scotland, said: “This latest recruitment represents a further major investment in Scotland.”