BT Openreach has announced it will employ ex-military workers to support its national rollout of superfast broadband. 250 employees who are already commited to leaving the forces will be taken on as engineers to support BT’s national fibre optic broadband rollout, installing the service in homes and businesses across the UK.
Serving personnel who are due to leave the Armed Forces within the next year have been written to by the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership, offering to spend three months with Openreach on a civilian attachment. At the end of that period they will be able to take up the offer of a new career with Openreach after they have left the Armed Forces.
“Demand for fibre broadband is growing all the time and the engineers will help ensure the business keeps up with that demand,” BT said. BT Openreach started the second of four ten-day training programmes last week, with more courses due to run until early November.
BT has already recruited more than 800 ex-military engineers in the past, and the current campaign will see that total rise to more than 1,000. Chief Executive of Openreach Liv Garfield said: “We have had great success in recruiting talented people with armed forces experience in the past so we are delighted to be able to offer these roles to people who are set to leave the forces.”