BT creating new apprentice and graduate jobs in Northern Ireland

March 6th 2014

BT has created ten new engineering apprentice jobs in Northern Ireland. The latest intake of new recruits, who begin their careers with BT this week, will be working in roles right across Northern Ireland.

They will embark on a two year programme co-ordinated by Engineering Training Services (ETS) Belfast, with time spent at BT Training centres located in Antrim and Omagh.  The new apprentices will train as multi-skilled customer service engineers with the installation and maintenance of next generation super-fast fibre broadband top of their training schedule.

Alex Crossan, networks director, BT said: “This latest recruitment is great news for Northern Ireland. It is another example of BT’s commitment as one of the region’s largest private sector employers and investors. Providing the opportunity for people to build lasting and rewarding careers - as well as our major multi million pound investments in sophisticated technology, such as fibre optic broadband - will play a vital role in the future success of Northern Ireland.”

In addition to the latest intake of engineering apprentices 23 graduates will also be starting their careers with BT in Northern Ireland in September 2014. BT continues to work closely with local universities in the promotion and development of key skills relevant to jobs in the technology space.

BT has invested directly in infrastructure roll-out in partnership with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and confirms that over 90 per cent of all premises in Northern Ireland are now connected to a fibre-enabled street cabinet, putting the province ahead of the majority of European countries.  It was recently announced that BT is investing further, along with DETI and DARD, in the delivery of improved broadband services for 45,000 premises.  The £24.5 million investment will see BT deliver improved broadband technologies and infrastructure in some of Northern Ireland’s most remote locations.