Openreach has launched a huge recruitment drive across Scotland to hire more than 220 trainee engineers.
The new trainees will join the UK’s largest team of telecoms experts working to expand, upgrade, maintain and install services over Openreach’s national broadband network.
The Glasgow city region will include 48 new positions, while in Edinburgh and the Lothians 38 new positions will be added.
New posts will also be added in locations such as Dumfries & Galloway, Stirling, Ayrshire and Perth & Kinross.
The Scottish recruitment drive forms part of a broader initiative by Openreach that will recruit more than 3,000 trainee engineers across the whole of the UK.
Around half of these will work to deliver the company’s ‘Fibre First’ programme, which aims to provide faster, more reliable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology to millions of homes.
Openreach Chief Executive, Clive Selley, said the company is surging ahead in its plans to upgrade three million homes and businesses to full fibre by the end of 2020. Trainees will play a crucial role in achieving these goals.
“We’re making great progress towards reaching our target of upgrading three million homes and businesses to full fibre by the end of 2020 – reaching 13,000 premises per week,” he said. “These new recruits in Scotland will play a crucial role in that programme.
Selley added: “Openreach is a people business and our new apprentices will enable us to fulfil our commitments, with an ultimate ambition to deliver the best possible connectivity to everyone, everywhere, equally, across the entire country.”
Fraser Rowberry, Openreach’s service director for Scotland, commented: “Becoming an engineer can be an incredibly rewarding career, and we’re constantly improving our training and recruitment programmes, providing recognised qualifications, to make sure we attract and keep the best in the business.
“We’re investing heavily in upskilling our people, so they can now do more for customers in a single visit, and we recently launched new career pathways to give our engineers a clear sense of the skills, accountabilities and experience they need to get where they want to be.”
Alongside the recruitment drive, Openreach has also announced it will be building new FTTP networks in the Greater Glasgow area throughout 2019. Following this, the number of towns, cities and boroughs which have FTTP capability will stand at 25.
Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to improving the country’s digital infrastructure, encouraging inward investment and employment opportunities to inclusive growth so we welcome this long-term investment in the Scottish workforce by Openreach.”