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News : BT Launch Drive to Recruit Apprentices in the Northwest
Lancashire, UK, May 12, 2015 -- Lancashire will benefit from a major BT recruitment drive of apprentices.
The jobs boost is part of a recent national announcement to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs in the UK. It is expected that more than 96 apprentices and graduates will be recruited across the North West as a whole.
The majority are customer service apprenticeships with the remainder mainly engineering jobs in BT’s local network business, Openreach.
There will be 30 new apprenticeships in Accrington this year in customer service roles at BT’s customer contact centre.
In Blackburn there will be an additional eight places for BT Business customer service apprentices.
The new recruits will join the 139 people already undergoing BT apprenticeships in the North West with 56 of those graduating this year.
Gary Lovatt, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Regional Chairman for Lancashire said: "It is great news for our region that BT is leading the way and ensuring a bright future for people entering their apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships are a great way for new employees to learn the ropes and gain the skills they need to kickstart a fantastic career within the North West.The way apprenticeships are run is changing so employers will be able to have more of a say in how their apprentices progress through a qualification – ensuring a better fit for employee and business alike."
Kieron Charleson, BT regional partnership director, said: "Such recruitment is a major vote of confidence in the quality of the North West workforce.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015