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Openreach sets up hunt for more Cambridge trainee engineers

Press release   •   Apr 23, 2018 09:49 BST

Openreach today announced it was stepping up its search for trainee engineers in Cambridge 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.

Twelve new fibre engineering schools are being established in the UK, including one in Saville Road, Peterborough, with hundreds of thousands of pounds being invested equipping the centres with the latest fibre engineering training facilities.

Kieran Ingram, General Manager for Openreach in the East of England, said: “The trainee engineer roles are proving popular and the vacancies are being filled rapidly. We have already received applications from nearly 200 people in Cambridge and the surrounding area, 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 the Cambridge area is John Robertson, who joined Openreach in July 2017. 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. I particularly love the work out this job gives my brain, and gives me a chance to puzzle solve every single day. Also the help and support I’ve had from my team and my manager has been fantastic.”

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.

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