Over the last 4 years, Openreach’s Transition Force
programme has supported over 1500 armed forces people and veterans from all ranks, including those wounded, injured and sick, in their transition from military life into civilian employment. Its mission is to give everybody who leaves the Armed Forces the advice and help they need to succeed. It provides career workshops and matches them to Buddy volunteers who share their experience of transition and give advice and guidance.
Openreach also has 192 active reservists (75% of BT Group’s total) and 68 are members of 81 Signal Squadron which is a specialist Army Reserve sub-unit that provides fixed telecommunications infrastructure and expertise for the UK’s armed forces. In recent years, this has included the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Gibraltar - as well as operational tours to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our chairman, Mike McTighe, speaks with ex-services and Openreach engineer Megan Krajicek about her move from serving in the Army to becoming an Openreach engineer.