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Openreach steps up hunt for more Bournemouth trainee engineers

Press release   •   Apr 19, 2018 12:47 BST

Emma Howarth, Openreach Programme Director

Openreach today announced it was stepping up its search for trainee engineers in Bournemouth and the surrounding area, including Poole.

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 with hundreds of thousands of pounds being invested equipping the centres with the latest fibre engineering training facilities.

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 about 100 people in Bournemouth 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 is Ryan Musson, aged 35, who joined Openreach nearly two years ago and is based in Bournemouth. He said: “Becoming an Openreach engineer has been a very positive experience for me. My previous work had been completely different. I came to the UK about four years ago after spending 12 years working in the hospitality industry in South Africa. I then worked for an insurance company before applying for the engineering job at Openreach.

“It’s been a great experience. There are plenty of opportunities to develop and you are constantly learning new skills. In fact, I’m currently undertaking a course on installing and repairing underground cables.”

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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