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Telecoms giant BT to create 1,000 new apprenticeships

BT has announced it is creating 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs this year. The telecoms giant is looking to boost recruitment in the UK. The new apprentices and graduates will work in a variety of areas including IT, engineering and digital technology.

The news comes during National Apprenticeship week. The aim of the week is to increase the take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships.

Some of the BT apprentices will work towards a new qualification called a degree apprenticeship. These will enable apprentices to complete an honours degree while working. The new scheme is backed by the government and industry. It enables learners to benefit from on-the-job training and continue with their degree level education.

The jobs will be created across the country in areas including London, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff.

The Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the BT apprenticeships. He said: “I’m delighted that BT is creating 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs.” He said the announcement “underlines BT’s commitment to training young people and gives them the security of a monthly pay packet and the chance of a better future.”

The Business Secretary Vince Cable MP said: “These new apprenticeships from BT will give hundreds of young people and adults the chance to begin a successful career at one of the country’s leading employers.”

An opportunity to work in a variety of fields

Chief Executive of BT Gavin Patterson said: “I’m thrilled that BT will be offering so many opportunities for apprentices, graduates and trainees this year, and that they will start their careers at such an exciting time in the company’s history. These new recruits will have the opportunity to work in fields such as technology research, engineering, IT and TV, helping to create and build the next generation of communications technologies for the UK.”

Over two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK as part of the scheme set up by the government in 2010. But they aren’t just something big industry can offer.

Apprenticeships can benefit small businesses too. They offer young people the chance to gain valuable work experience while continuing with their education. But they also help small businesses take the next step as they look to grow and expand. Take a look at this recent article in Business Buzz to see if your small business should hire an apprentice.

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