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Trainee engineer jobs up for grabs as broadband scheme expands

Openreach is set to recruit trainee engineers
Openreach is set to recruit trainee engineers

Internet infrastructure firm Openreach is set to create 42 trainee engineers roles across the county with vacancies in Fleetwood and the Fylde as part of  its largest recruitment drive.

The announcement follows news that the digital network business, will accelerate plans to build more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises broadband across the country.

The 42 Lancashire roles, part of more than 3,500 being recruited across the UK during the next 12 months including 283 in the North West, will be located in Blackburn, Burnley, Fleetwood, Fylde, Lancaster, Lunesdale,Morecambe and Ribble Valley.

Trainees will join the UK’s largest team of telecoms engineers working to expand, upgrade, maintain and install new services over Openreach’s national broadband network.

Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ programme will deliver expanded ‘full fibre’ FTTP networks in up to 40 towns, cities and boroughs, setting it on a trajectory to reach ten million British premises by the mid-2020s.

Matthew Hemmings, infrastructure delivery director for Openreach in the North West, said: “This latest recruitment represents a further major investment in Lancashire. It’s very exciting news for our region. We’re looking forward to men and women from all walks of life applying for these roles.

“Becoming an engineer can be an incredibly rewarding career, and we’re constantly improving our training and recruitment programmes to make sure we attract and keep the best engineers in the business.

“This year we’ve invested 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.

“We’re committed to helping people realise their potential so we’re also delighted to be offering work experience placements, under the Movement to Work programme, to 18-24-year-olds who are currently not in education, employment or training.”