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Free BT traineeship to help West Midlands young people get 'work ready' - Walsall next to host seven-week course

Summary
BT is offering free traineeships to help young people in the West Midlands get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers, with the company's Network House in Walsall the latest venue for the next local course, beginning on May 9.

BT is offering free traineeships to help young people in the West Midlands get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers.

The seven-week course, combining hands-on work experience with coaching and training, is open to anyone aged 16 to 24 not currently in education, employment or training.

Traineeships are a great opportunity for people who want to get a job or continue their education, but lack the necessary skills and experience to make it happen.

The next traineeship in the West Midlands starts on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and will be held at the BT’s Network House in Goodall Street, Walsall. For more details or to apply visit http://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/WorkReady/ApplyforaBTtraineeship/index.htm

During the course, trainees will get hands on experience of the workplace with an opportunity to run a project from start to finish, working both individually and as part of a team.Trainees also learn practical and transferrable work skills such as CV writing, interview techniques and confidence building and can also gain a nationally recognised qualification in digital employability. They can even brush up on maths and English.

At the end of the course, trainees will leave with a career plan in place and receive ongoing help and support to complete the next steps towards employment or education.

Colin Bannon, chair of BT’s regional board in the West Midlands, said: “BT traineeships give local, young people the opportunity to experience the working day and gain invaluable insight of what is expected in the workplace.

“More than half of those who have completed previous traineeships have gone on to find employment or have returned to education. Some have found jobs within BT, but many have used their new skills and experience to find work in other businesses and industries, which is why traineeships are such a valuable asset.

“There will be more opportunities to join a BT traineeship in the West Midlands so even if you can’t attend this particular course I’d encourage you to register your interest to ensure you don’t miss out.”

Two-week work placements, in a variety of roles across the UK, are also available for those unable to commit to a full seven week traineeship. Although a work placement does not carry a formal qualification, attendees are given a certificate showing their attendance and achievements to demonstrate their commitment to prospective employers.

BT has been running the BT Traineeship since 2014 and to date more than 2,000 young people from around the UK have joined the programme.

The traineeship develops transferrable skills needed to find and start work, whether with BT or another company. After graduating from the programme, the young people get a minimum of 12 weeks support from BT to help them find a job or training.

The BT Traineeship is part of the BT Work Ready programme which is a series of initiatives provided to help young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, gain employment skills and get them ready for work. It’s part of BT’s commitment as a founding partner in the Movement to Work coalition of employers.**

Further information on BT’s Work Ready programme – www.bt.com/workready

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For further information about this news release please contact the BT regional press office on 0800 085 0660. All our news releases can be read at http://www.btplc.com/News

Notes to Editors

** Movement to Work offers work placements to 16-24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. And particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who can struggle to identify and take advantage of employment opportunities.

www.movementtowork.com

BT is a lead company for the charity, which is a collaboration of UK employers aiming to tackle youth unemployment by providing high-quality work experience placements.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 20161, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,012m with reported profit before taxation of £2,907m.

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1The results for the period have been revised to reflect the outcome of the investigation into our Italian business. Detail of which is set out in our third quarter results announcement published on 27 January 2017. This financial information is unaudited. For more information, visit www.btplc.com