Openreach creates 4,000 new jobs

Openreach has announced it will create and fill more than 4,000 jobs during 2022, around 3,000 of which will be apprenticeships. The new recruits will be based throughout the UK, working to build and connect customers to the company’s full fibre broadband network.

Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach, said, “Openreach is a people business first and foremost, so I’m proud that we’re continuing to invest heavily in our people, having hired and trained more than 8,000 new engineers over the last two years. We’re rightly recognised as one of the best big companies to work for in the UK, and we’re determined to stay that way, so we’ve been building state of the art training schools all over the country where we can teach people the skills and techniques they need for long, exciting and rewarding careers in engineering.

The company said the hiring spree is part of the largest recruitment drive in its history. Openreach already employs the UK’s largest team of telecoms engineers and professionals, and has committed to building a more diverse and inclusive team.

Last year, the company attracted 600 women into trainee engineering roles. This was more than double the previous year, with the company crediting gender neutral job adverts and descriptions for the boost in female recruits.

Selley added, “We want to reflect the communities we serve and give opportunities to people from all backgrounds, so I’m encouraged that we’ve recruited more women and minority groups this year compared to last year, but we’ve got much more to do in an industry that hasn’t been very diverse historically.

“These new recruits will play a crucial role as we continue to improve services for our customers and build the biggest and best broadband network in the UK, covering millions of rural and urban homes.”

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Charlotte Hathway

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