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Virgin expansion brings 1,400 jobs to the Midlands

A major expansion of Virgin Media's broadband network is set to bring 1,400 jobs to the Midlands ITV News Central has been told.

Virgin Media is expanding its broadband network Credit: PA

The jobs will be in construction, engineering, sales and support roles.

The expansion will see 6,000 jobs created across the country under the £3 billion plans, with 1,000 apprenticeships trained at Virgin's Birmingham headquarters.

The company, which is owned by US firm Liberty Global, has described the five year plan as the single biggest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the UK for more than a decade.


Virgin Media creates 40 jobs in Midlands

The boss of Virgin Media, Richard Branson Credit: PA

Virgin Media has announced the company is creating 40 jobs in Birmingham, including customer-facing roles and engineers.

A total of 400 new posts have been made across the UK.

The growing consumer demand for superfast broadband and next-generation television are the reasons for the expansion.

Paul Buttery, Virgin Media's chief customer and networks officer, said: "We're pleased we're able to invest further and offer so many more people the prospect of an exciting and rewarding career at the forefront of next-generation entertainment and communications."

Virgin Media employs a total of 14,000 people in the UK.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "This expansion is good news for Virgin Media and for the hundreds of people who will benefit from these new jobs, which include many highly skilled engineering roles.

Kristian Thomas opens new Apprentice Training Centre

Virgin Media today opened their new Apprentice Training Centre in Birmingham, which they claim will create 200 jobs.

Kristian Thomas launches a new training facility which will create 200 jobs Credit: Virgin Media

Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas says Virgin Media's new Apprentice Training Centre in Birmingham is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the West Midlands.

200 jobs are expected to be created in 2013 Credit: Virgin Media


Kristian Thomas speaks at opening of training centre

Growing up, I was lucky that I had great facilities and training available to me on my doorstep, but that isn’t the same for everyone. Opportunity is everything, so the new centre for training young people here in the West Midlands will help those people with potential achieve their goals. I basically spent 18 years in training for London 2012 – so I’m testament that it’s all about working hard and putting in the effort, but if you do, it will pay off in the end.

– Kristian Thomas, Olympic bronze medallist

200 jobs to be created as Kristian Thomas launches new training facility

Kristian Thomas launches a new training facility which will create 200 jobs Credit: PA

A new training and research centre in Birmingham is said to create 200 new jobs for young apprentices in 2013.

Launched by Kristian Thomas and Virgin Media, the site in Sheldon will act as the company's 'centre of excellence in customer service operations.'