BT launches hunt for 76 graduates and apprentices in Scotland

BT is creating 76 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across Scotland as part of a new UK-wide drive to recruit the best tech talent available. Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh and Greenock are among the areas to benefit.

BT is creating 76 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across Scotland as part of a new UK-wide drive to recruit the best tech talent available.

The company aims to employ more than 1,300 people across the UK in a number of different roles, such as TV production, engineering, customer service and cyber-security, to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime.

In Scotland the 76 new recruits will be located in a number of locations, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and at the EE contact centre in Greenock. They will work in a variety of roles such as customer service, engineering and as vehicle technicians.

There will be 16 apprenticeships in Glasgow and 13 in Dundee, with posts also available around the country in places like Dumbarton, Inverness, Aberdeen and Thurso. EE is taking on 13 customer service apprentices in Greenock. In addition, 15 graduates will be based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

BT is one of the first UK companies to use virtual reality technology as a way of recruiting, as it looks at innovative techniques to attract the best graduates.

The assessment process will include candidates being asked to complete a series of virtual reality “Crystal Maze” style tasks. BT will assess candidates based on three measures which comprise analytical skills; how they handle change; and their drive and enthusiasm to get tasks completed.

The Prime Minister Theresa May said: ““I welcome this announcement from BT. More high-quality apprenticeships means more young people with the vital skills and training to take advantage of the economic opportunities of the future.

“Our modern Industrial Strategy, in conjunction with business, will help drive developments in fields like Artificial Intelligence and cyber technology – meaning more high-tech jobs and greater prosperity for people across the country.”

The latest recruitment drive for apprenticeships and graduates is in addition to Openreach’s announcement last week that they are looking to recruit 3,500 engineers, with more than 400 based in Scotland. BT Group is one of the UK’s largest employers with 82,800 people based in the UK, including around 7,400 in Scotland.

A number of this year’s recruits will be based at BT’s world-renowned labs at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, in Suffolk. This research centre is playing a leading role in the development of artificial intelligence, ultrafast broadband and 5G technologies.

Many of the apprentices will also achieve foundation and full degrees as part of their work at BT, while some graduates will also achieve fully funded qualifications. The scheme is delivered in partnership with local colleges and universities to ensure that apprentices and graduates receive the best education for their area of focus, as well as the hands-on experience and training.

BT has a commitment to helping people and meeting the demands for innovation and digital skills in the UK. The company is also showing this through its Work Ready programme which was launched in 2014 specifically for NEETS (not in education, employment or training).

To date more than 3,500 people from around the UK have participated and more than half have gone on to either gain employment or return to education. The programme is part of BT’s wider Tech Literacy initiative to inspire people in the UK to embrace the role technology plays in their lives.

BT is also currently offering free teaching resources and volunteer-led training workshops as part of its Barefoot Computing Project, designed to help primary school teachers become more confident when teaching computer science and computing skills.

Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: “We’re proud to be leading the industry by investing in training a huge number of people in the digital skills that the UK economy so vitally needs.

“BT has a rich history of innovation, and it’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining the company as we look towards growing our cyber-security business, developing 5G technologies and enhanced TV content.

“Our apprenticeship and graduate scheme will equip people with the skills and on the job training they will need to succeed in the future. I’m looking forward to welcoming all our new recruits into the business.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This recruitment is more great news for Scotland and a tribute to the quality of our local staff. They play a vital role in providing essential products and services for households and businesses across Scotland, as well as being part of these local communities themselves.

“As one of the nation’s leading employers and investors, BT is committed to providing high quality jobs and careers and this latest recruitment will help make sure we deliver the best possible services for the people of Scotland.”

Further information on BT’s Apprenticeship Scheme can be found here: https://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/earlycareers/apprentices/howtoapply/index.htm