I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be hiring 3,000 new trainee engineers over the next 12 months. This is in addition to the 3,500 new trainee engineers we hired last year – the biggest recruitment drive in our history. Many of these 6,500 new engineers will be helping us to accelerate our plans to deploy ‘full fibre’ broadband connections across the country.
Hear from one of our current trainee engineers below.
Working at Openreach is a genuine career.
Trainee engineers start on c.£21k per year, rising to £28k after just 12 months on completion of their traineeship. Engineers working in London will also receive a London weighting allowance of either £3,380 in inner London or £1,670 in outer London. They’ll be given an attractive package of benefits, world class training, and will join us at a really exciting time as we invest heavily in our network and people to keep driving the UK's digital revolution.
We’re looking for the aspiring engineers of tomorrow and we’re committed to building a workforce that reflects the hugely diverse communities we serve. We’re working hard to attract more women into our workforce, and last year our intake of female engineers was higher than previous years. Also, our employment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people has risen nationally from 11% in 2017 to 17% in 2018.
An example of the investment we’re making in our people and our commitment to offer high quality training comes today, with the announcement of our 2nd training centre opening in Peterborough. The 100,000 square foot facility includes an ‘Open Street’ – a meticulously designed mock-up of a typical suburban street – which gives new recruits and existing engineers the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in an authentic, immersive and controlled environment.
The new Peterborough training school is one of 12 similar regional centres being built or upgraded across the country and, after Bradford, it’s the second facility to become fully operational under our investment plans, with 3 more due in the next 3 months. By March 2019 we’ll have more than doubled the learning days we deliver annually to more than 160,000 – the highest in the history of our business.
Ultimately, we want to get on with the job of delivering an ultrafast UK, and that’s why we need to continue growing our team of highly skilled engineers ready to deploy these new technologies in homes and businesses across the nation.
Becoming an engineer can be an incredibly rewarding career, we’re looking for people from all walks of life, and we’re constantly improving our training and recruitment programmes to make sure we attract and keep the best engineers in the business.
Find out more about the Trainee Engineer Scheme here.
Kevin Brady, HR Director, Openreach