Openreach aims to create and fill around 500 additional jobs in Scotland in 2022, including around 390 apprenticeship places.
The new recruits will be based across Scotland – including around 65 posts each in Fife and Ayrshire, 55 each in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 40 each for Angus and Dundee and Highlands and Islands, and 30 each for Stirling and Scottish Borders – working to build and connect customers to the company’s Full Fiber broadband network.
This is on track to reach 25 million homes and businesses in the UK by December 2026 and has already reached over half a million properties in Scotland.
The hiring spree – 4,000 new jobs being created across the UK – is part of the biggest recruitment campaign in Openreach’s history.
With a workforce of 3,700 across Scotland, Openreach already employs the largest team of telecommunications engineers and professionals in the country and is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive team in a traditionally very white and dominated by men.
Last year, 17% of the company’s engineering trainees in Scotland were women; more than triple the previous year. This is partly due to the employment of language experts to transform its job postings and descriptions, making them gender-neutral.
Managing Director Clive Selley said: “Openreach is first and foremost a people-driven company, so I am proud that we continue to invest heavily in our people, having hired and trained over 8,000 new engineers over the past two recent years, more than 800 of them across Scotland.
“We want to reflect the communities we serve and provide opportunities for people from all walks of life, so I’m encouraged that we recruited more women and minority groups this year compared to last year, but we have a lot more to do. do in an industry that hasn’t been very diverse historically.
Alongside its recruitment campaign, Openreach has pledged to represent the ONS’ measured levels of ethnic diversity across the UK and is aiming for at least 20% of its engineering trainees to be women this year, half of its external management hires to be women by 2025.
Openreach also plans to retrain more than 3,000 of its existing engineers over the next year, shifting their focus from fixing older copper-based technologies to installing and maintaining faster, more reliable fiber connections.
The new trainee apprenticeship positions come with a starting salary of £21,845 and recruits can earn up to £28,353 after 12 months of specialist training to reach an NVQ 2/SCQF level 5 in one Openreach training centers.
Its national training center in Livingston plans to deliver 11,000 training days in the 2022/23 financial year.
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