Openreach is investing £1.7 million in a new fibre training centre in Bolton.
The new facility is part of a wider plan to educate the next generation of digital engineers bringing vital broadband services to communities across the North West and beyond.
Trainees will test their skills in a state-of-the-art 770 square metre replica street, built from scratch to recreate the real network in the outside world.
Around 2,500 new and existing Openreach engineers from across the North of England, as well as further afield, are expected to train at the centre this year alone.
Across the North West, Openreach employs around 3,500 people to build and maintain its phone and broadband network.
Since April 2018, the company has hired more than 180 new trainee engineers across Greater Manchester alone and the recruitment is ongoing.
Opening the new training centre in Bolton, Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, comments: “This fantastic training facility is going to play a major part in training and educating a new generation of engineers, of all ages and from all walks of life.
“The value of being able to learn in a live environment which replicates the real-life scenarios trainees will encounter cannot be underestimated. These trainees will be able to approach their early working days with confidence and get off to a flying start.”