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BT embarks on major Belfast recruitment drive

By Alan Jones

BT is creating 37 new apprenticeship and graduate posts in Belfast as part of a major recruitment drive.

The company is generating a total of 1,400 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across the UK.

The new employees in Belfast will work across a range of roles including software development, solutions and customer service.

The1,400 jobs will be spread across the country in cities including London, Glasgow, Swansea, Belfast and Liverpool.

Cyber security is becoming increasingly important for businesses and governments, with companies constantly looking for ways to tackle the problem.

Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: "Technology is changing all the time and companies need to support and train young people to develop the skills required for successful careers in essential areas such as science, engineering and information technology.

"The UK has been ranked as the leading digital economy in the G20 for the past five years and our investment in these people will help this continue."

Many of the successful apprenticeship and graduate applicants will be based at BT's research campus near Ipswich.

The jobs will be spread across BT, with EE and Openreach also taking on large numbers.

Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, said: "I'm delighted that Openreach is able to create so many opportunities for school and university leavers across the UK.

"It is vital that we invest in young people to ensure the UK remains a digital powerhouse. The new recruits will be at the heart of the company's transformation."

The 1,400 apprenticeship and graduate jobs are in addition to the 1,700 the company has created over the past two years.

Skills Minister Nick Boles welcomed the announcement, which is a boost to the Government's aim of creating three million more apprenticeships by 2020.

"These apprenticeships at BT will offer people the hands-on experience they need to succeed," he said.

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