BT’s major recruitment scheme to include 130 posts in Northern Ireland
Telecoms giant BT is creating 130 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across Northern Ireland as part of a new UK-wide recruitment drive.
The company said it wanted to take on more than 1,300 people across the UK in roles including TV production, engineering and cyber-security, to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime.
In Northern Ireland, the 130 new recruits will be located in Belfast, Londonderry, Coleraine, Dungannon, Enniskillen and Newry.
The new roles include tech design, tech operations, software, IT, sales, finance, customer experience and engineering.
And the company said it will use virtual reality technology as a means of recruiting.
BT will assess candidates based on three measures which comprise analytical skills, how they handle change, as well as their drive and enthusiasm to get tasks completed.
The latest recruitment drive includes BT's engineering division, NI Networks, which will be taking on 30 apprentices over the next 12 months.
BT Group is one of the UK's largest employers with 82,800 people in the UK - including over 2,700 in Northern Ireland.
Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: "We're proud to be leading the industry by investing in training a huge number of people in the digital skills that the UK economy so vitally needs.
"BT has a rich history of innovation, and it's an incredibly exciting time to be joining the company as we look towards growing our cyber-security business, developing 5G technologies and enhanced TV content.
"Our apprenticeship and graduate scheme will equip people with the skills and on the job training they will need to succeed in the future.
"I'm looking forward to welcoming all our new recruits into the business."