More than 580 trainee engineers will be hired across London as part of the largest recruitment drive ever undertaken by digital network business, Openreach.
The announcement follows news that Openreach will accelerate plans to build more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the country.
The 580 new London roles are part of 3,500 available across the UK during the next 12 months. Westminster, Islington, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham are just some of the boroughs set to benefit.
Trainees will join the UK’s largest team of telecoms engineers working to expand, upgrade, maintain and install new services over Openreach’s national broadband network.
Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ programme will deliver expanded ‘full fibre’ FTTP networks in up to 40 towns, cities and boroughs, setting it on a trajectory to reach ten million British premises by the mid-2020s.
It has committed to making FTTP available in three million British homes and business by the end of 2020 and, if the conditions are right, intends to go significantly further, bringing the benefits of FTTP technology to the majority of homes and businesses in the UK.
David Jordan, Openreach’s director of next generation access for the South of England, said: “This latest recruitment represents a further major investment in London. It’s very exciting news for the capital.
“We’re looking forward to men and women from all walks of life applying for these roles at Openreach as we’re keen to engage with the aspiring engineers of tomorrow and to build a diverse workforce that reflects the hugely diverse communities we serve.”