Openreach to create 200 engineer jobs

More than 200 trainee engineers will be hired across the West Midlands as part of the biggest recruitment drive ever by BT Group’s digital network company.

Openreach will also invest £100,000 over the next 12 months developing a fibre engineering academy at its Yarnfield Park training centre, near Stone, in Staffordshire.

Openreach has recently announced it will accelerate plans to build more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the country, and now aims to deliver its FTTP networks in three million homes in up to 40 towns, cities and boroughs across the UK by the mid-2020s.

Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, said:  “These trainee engineers will be playing a vital role in the future success and prosperity of the UK.

“Every day, Openreach engineers are working in all weathers across the length and breadth of Britain, connecting homes and businesses and making sure people can access the high quality broadband services they need.”

The 204 new Openreach engineers will be placed around the region, from Stafford to Worcester. They will join the telecoms team, who are working to expand, upgrade, maintain and install new services over Openreach’s broadband network.

Richard Hall, infrastructure delivery director for Openreach in the West Midlands, said: “This latest recruitment represents a further major investment in the West Midlands.

“We’re looking forward to men and women from all walks of life applying for these roles at Openreach as we’re keen to engage with the aspiring engineers of tomorrow and to build a diverse workforce that reflects the hugely diverse communities we serve.”