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David Cameron backs BT’s plan for 1,000 new British apprenticeships and graduate jobs

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Roles will be filled by the new team members across software development, IT, engineering and digital technology, with the tech-driven employment scheme being launched on the back of BT’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE in February.

Seemingly the takeover will provide the recruitment drive, as BT said at the time the deal will create more opportunity for product innovation and investment. Many of the youngsters on the scheme will be based at BT’s research site in Suffolk, where development of communications networks and services including its broadband are managed, thus they’ll be working on wireless and mobile technologies.

Broken down, the vacancies will be split between 700 apprenticeships and 300 graduate jobs, with a spread nationwide in cities including London, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.

Cameron, said: “I’m delighted that BT is creating 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs. Today’s 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.

“Backing those who want to work hard and get on with the skills they need to succeed is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s recovery.”

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Some of the apprentices taken on will receive degree apprenticeships, which will allow them to complete full honours degrees while working, from September onwards. BT claimed this will provide the chance to access careers in business analysis, technology consultancy and software development with the firm.

Business secretary Vince Cable, who said in January that European businesses are being failed by a patchwork digital economy, added: “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.  Apprenticeships are a fast-track route in to the workplace, and can take you almost anywhere, even offering the chance to gain a degree on the job.”

Additionally, BT will support jobless young people aged 18-24 years old with traineeship schemes that run over four to seven-week periods, providing employment skills, work experience and training.

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Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT, said: “The UK’s future as a technology leader hinges on young people getting the skills, support and training they need to create successful careers. 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.”

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