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Openreach steps up hunt for more Bristol trainee engineers

Press Release   •   Apr 19, 2018 12:57 BST

Local applications are rolling in but there is still room for further recruits

Openreach today announced it was stepping up its search for trainee engineers in Bristol and the surrounding area.

The business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network is seeking further local applicants as parts of its largest ever recruitment drive in the UK.

The new recruits are set to play a vital role in Openreach’s plans to build more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the country.

Emma Howarth, programme director for Openreach in the South West, said: “The trainee engineer roles are proving popular and the vacancies are being filled rapidly. We have already received applications from more than 200 people in Bristol, but we still have places available and would encourage even more local people to come forward.

“Being an Openreach engineer is an exciting and rewarding job with great career prospects. Successful applicants will receive the very best training and support. They don’t need to have had any previous engineering experience. We are committed to building a diverse workforce with people from all walks of life and different backgrounds.”

Among the recent recruits in Bristol is Richard Lohia, who joined Openreach in 2015.He said: “The job has proved to be everything I hoped for – and more. The work is varied, the training very comprehensive and I enjoy getting out and about meeting customers. Whether you are installing a new service or fixing a fault, you feel that you are really making a difference and playing a key part in delivering an essential service for local people.”

For more information go to Openreach trainee engineer scheme

About Openreach

Openreach is Britain’s digital network business.

We’re 30,400 people who connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses - large and small - to the world.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

We work on behalf of more than 590 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more 27 million premises. We’re also the platform for Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest in the G20.

We’re working hard to give people the speeds they need to run and enjoy their daily lives. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network and we now manage more than 160 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to the east coast. And we’re continuing to take that network further - making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

Openreach is a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group, and it is a highly regulated business, with more than 90 per cent of our revenues generated from services that are regulated by Ofcom.

Any company can access our products under exactly the same prices, terms and conditions.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

For more information, visitopenreach.co.uk