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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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BT announce plans to create new jobs in Cumbria

BT has announced plans to create 130 new engineering jobs in the North West, including Barrow and Kendal.

The latest intake of engineers will help to improve customer service and bring high-speed fibre broadband to more communities.

BT’s local network business, Openreach, has already made fibre broadband available to more than 19 million UK homes and businesses – some two thirds of the UK. Nationally, Openreach expects to recruit 1,600 engineers.

As more and more people rely on the internet, they have rising expectations of reliability. The new engineers will help Openreach to continue to improve customer service as it strives to install new lines and fix faults more quickly.

The business expects a significant number of the engineering roles to be taken up by ex-service men and women - continuing the company’s long-standing relationship with the UK Armed Forces.

Openreach is also particularly keen to recruit more female engineers and has launched a campaign encouraging women to enter the world of engineering.

Prime minister David Cameron said: “Supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan.

“So I am delighted that BT is launching this major recruitment drive for 1,600 engineers across the UK, providing financial security for families and delivering a world class infrastructure for Britain.”

Mike Blackburn, BT’s North West regional director, said: “BT is leading the economic recovery of the North West as one of the region’s largest investors. Not only are we building a superfast broadband network, which is giving a major boost to the region’s households and businesses, we are creating highly skilled local jobs offering exciting careers, such as those announced today.

“Working with our partners in the public sector we are determined to ensure that the North West is in the best position possible to take full advantage of the superfast broadband revolution. The region should be really positive about its future. Exciting times lie ahead for both BT and the North West. The opportunities for businesses to grow and for households to benefit from enhanced on-line learning and entertainment are immense.”

Recruitment for the new roles is already underway in parts of the country, and people interested in applying for the posts should go to: www.openreach.co.uk/careers

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