BT is creating more than 120 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across the South West as part of a new UK-wide drive to recruit the best tech talent available.
The company aims to employ more than 1,300 people across the country in a number of different roles from TV production, engineering, customer service and cyber-security to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime.
In Bristol, 34 new posts will be filled ranging across business management, engineering, finance, information technology and human resources.
BT is one of the first UK companies to use virtual reality technology as a way of recruiting, as it looks at innovative techniques in how it attracts the best graduates.
The assessment process will include candidates being asked to complete a series of virtual reality “Crystal Maze” style tasks.
BT will assess candidates based on three measures which comprise analytical skills, how they handle change, as well as their drive and enthusiasm to get tasks completed.
The latest recruitment drive for apprentices and graduates is in addition to Openreach’s announcement last week that it is looking to recruit 3,500 trainee engineers, of which 455 will be in the South West.
BT Group is one of the UK’s largest employers with 82,800 people based in the UK and more than 7,500 in the South West. The new roles are spread across the country.
Jon Reynolds, chairman of BT’s regional board in the South West, said: “This recruitment is more great news for Bristol. It underlines the leading role that BT plays in communities across the South West and is a tribute to the quality of our local staff.
“They play a vital role in providing essential products and services for the households and businesses of the South West, as well as, of course, being part of these local communities themselves.
“As one of the region’s leading employers and investors, BT is committed to providing high quality jobs and careers and this latest recruitment will help ensure we deliver the best possible services for the people of Bristol and the South West.”