Openreach hires 220 apprentices for next growth stage
Trainees will help with broadband transformation
More than 220 trainee engineers will be hired across Scotland as part of a recruitment drive announced today by Openreach.
They are part of 3,000 trainee engineers being hired across the UK. Around half will be helping to deliver the company’s ‘Fibre First’ programme. The Openreach workforce in Scotland is currently around 3,200, the highest level since the company was created in 2006.
Openreach is also building ‘fibre to the premises ( FTTP) networks in the Greater Glasgow area during 2019. This brings the total number of towns, cities and boroughs at the forefront of the FTTP build to 25, with the company on track to deliver its commitment of reaching three million homes and businesses with ‘full fibre’ broadband by the end of 2020.
Clive Selley, chief executive, said: “Openreach is ambitious for the UK and is determined to build full fibre as quickly as possible.
“We’re making great progress towards reaching our target of upgrading three million homes and businesses to full fibre by the end of 2020 – reaching another 13k premises per week – and these new recruits in Scotland will play a crucial role in that programme.”
Fraser Rowberry, Openreach’s service director for Scotland, added: “We want people from all walks of life to apply for roles at Openreach, to build a diverse workforce that reflects the hugely diverse communities we serve.”