BT announces major new recruitment of apprentices and graduates in Scotland

Glasgow, Dundee, Alness and Greenock among the latest locations to benefit

BT today announced it is creating about 145 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Scotland in its drive to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of a changing jobs market.

The majority of the posts are for apprentices, who will be recruited in locations across Scotland, including Glasgow, Dundee, Alness and Greenock. Around a dozen graduates are expected to be based in Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.

This year’s BT apprentice and graduate recruitment, which includes mobile operator EE, will see the new employees work in a variety of roles, ranging from customer service and vehicle maintenance to cyber security and software development.

BT is committed to building a culture of tech literacy within the UK so that the country remains a digital leader. The latest recruitment of 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK builds on the employment of nearly 2,500 in the past two years.

A number of the recruits will be based at BT’s world-recognised labs at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, in Suffolk. This research centre is at the forefront of developing communications networks and is playing a leading role in the development of ultrafast broadband and 5G.

The company also funds and runs Barefoot Computing, a project that helps primary school teachers get confident with teaching computer science. One million children, including more than 45,000 in Scotland, have already been reached via the programme, which sees primary school teachers provided with resources and training, and BT plans to reach five million UK children by 2020.

Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: “Young people today need three basic skills – reading, writing, and tech know-how. BT is investing in the next generation, helping to train primary school teachers to teach computer science and recruiting large numbers of apprentices and graduates. This is the right thing for us to do if the UK is to remain a digital leader.

“It is an exciting time to join BT as it continues to invest in ultrafast broadband, 4G, television and sport. We are also preparing for future technologies, including 5G, and so we want to recruit the very best. Our apprenticeship and graduate roles will offer people the hands on experience they need to succeed.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This latest major recruitment is a further example of BT’s commitment to Scotland as one of the nation’s leading employers and investors. We’re offering exciting, high quality careers in a fast moving industry. The new recruits will join a world-leading company, which has already invested hundreds of millions of pounds in Scotland in technologies such as superfast broadband and 4G.”

BT is one of the UK’s largest employers with 81,400 employees. According to a recent report by Regeneris Consulting, the company supports around 12,600 jobs in Scotland through direct employment, spending with contractors and suppliers and the spending of employees - and gives an annual boost to the nation’s economy worth more than £1 billion.

Openreach, BT’s local network business, will launch its own recruitment drive in due course.