News : North-East Jobs Boost as Virgin Media Plots Expansion
Buckinghamshire, UK, Feb 13, 2015 -- Broadband and TV firm Virgin Media is preparing to create North-East jobs as it launches an expansion.
The company says it aims to deliver 6,000 posts across the UK, as well as 1,000 apprenticeships, in plans to extend its broadband network.
The firm has offices in Stockton, Gateshead and Newcastle.
It told The Northern Echo it was too early to say identify job numbers at specific sites, but did confirm the region will be included in the changes.
The new jobs will cover construction, engineering and sales and customer support roles.
Virgin Media, which uses Usain Bolt to advertise its products, says it will extend its fibre network to take the number of UK homes and businesses it reaches.
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A spokeswoman told The Northern Echo its expansion will be prioritised according to customer demand.
She added: "The jobs will be across the UK, but until we know where we are going to branch out we’ll not know the specifics of each job.
"We are asking the public where they want the network building, which will impact on where jobs are.
"Our apprentices will train in Birmingham, but there’s nothing to say we won’t need them in every part of the country."
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