MP Eleanor Laing welcomes 23 new jobs in Epping Forest to help boost Britain's digital economy
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has welcomed the news that 23 new jobs are being created in Epping Forest as part of Openreach's network investment plans.
Mrs Laing said: "It’s great news that Openreach is creating 23 jobs in Epping Forest. This investment will help bring faster and more reliable broadband to homes and businesses across the constituency.
"Access to the internet is now essential for both work and leisure. These new jobs will help create and service the digital infrastructure that will increase productivity and help spread wealth and opportunity around the country. So this is a very welcome announcement."
A total of 3,500 new engineers will be taken on throughout Britain - with some 5,000 new jobs being created altogether - with trainees joining the UK’s largest team of telecoms engineers working to expand, upgrade, maintain and install new services over Openreach’s national broadband network.
Taken together, with an expected expansion in its supply chain, this will support the creation of about 5,000 new jobs in Britain over the coming year.
Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ programme will deliver expanded 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.
It has committed to making FTTP available in three million British homes and business by the end of 2020 and, if the conditions are right, intends to go significantly further, bringing the benefits of FTTP technology to the majority of homes and businesses in the UK.
The build will commence in eight cities - Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Openreach chief executive Clive Selley said: "These trainee engineers will be playing a vital role in the future success and prosperity of the UK.
"Over the last year our 22,200 engineers have been the driving force behind Government reaching its target of making 'superfast’ broadband available to more than 95 per cent of the country, whilst also improving our customer service performance - but we want to do more.
"Every day, Openreach engineers are working in all weathers across the length and breadth of Britain connecting homes and businesses and making sure people can access the high quality broadband services they need.
"We are already investing in upskilling our engineering team and today’s announcement of new jobs underlines our commitment to make our ‘Fibre First’ programme a reality. I’m confident that our twin investment in people and infrastructure will help the UK achieve the societal and economic benefits that come from better, more reliable, faster broadband services."
Openreach HR director Kevin Brady said: "We want men and women from all walks of life to apply for roles at Openreach so we’re keen to engage with the aspiring engineers of tomorrow and to build a diverse workforce that reflects the hugely diverse communities we serve throughout Britain.
"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 500 work experience placements, under the Movement to Work programme, to 18-24 year olds who are currently not in education, employment or training."
Find out more about our Trainee Engineer Scheme at https://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/careersatbt/openreach/Engineers/index.htm