BT today announced that Oxfordshire is to benefit from plans to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs in the UK this year. The new recruits to BT will work in a range of areas, including software development, IT, engineering and digital technology.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the 700 apprenticeship and 300 graduate jobs that will be created in locations across the UK, including Oxford and Aylesbury.
In addition to the new apprenticeships, BT also today reiterated its commitment to tackling youth unemployment, by providing up to 1,000 vocational training and work experience placements for out of work youngsters in 2015/16.
A number of BT’s apprentices will also begin new Degree Apprenticeships, which start this September, allowing them to complete full Honours degrees, while working.
Careers ranging from business analysis to software development and technology consultancy will be available at BT, as part of the new Government and industry-backed scheme, which integrates degree level academic learning with practical on-the-job training.
A third of the new apprentices will be recruited into BT's local network business, Openreach. The recruits will be focussed on extending the fibre network, improving service and keeping Britain connected.
BT also said today that it will continue to provide traineeships to out of work youngsters, as a founding member of the UK employer\-led initiative Movement to Work. These traineeships will be for young people aged 18 to 24\-years\-old and combine four to seven week long work placements involving vocational training, employability skills and work experience. The 1,000 apprenticeship and graduate jobs announced today are in addition to the 1,000 the company created last year and yet another example of BT investing in the future of the UK.