'Challenging environment' skills to come in handy

BT recruit ex-armed forces engineers for fibre roll out

BT announced that nearly 200 ex-armed forces personnel have been recruited by Openreach as part of a workforce tasked with the UK deployment of superfast broadband.

"It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to recruit so many ex-armed services personnel. These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full-time employment," said BT Openreach boss Olivia Garfield.

"They are highly skilled, motivated and disciplined and have experience of complex engineering tasks in challenging environments."

The hires have taken place in connection with the Ministry of Defence’s Career Transition Partnership with CTP boss David Duffy saying that out of 202 interviews, 181 were offered positions by BT.

BT currently has 3,000 engineers working on the roll out which aims to cover two-thirds of premises with superfast fibre-based broadband by 2015.

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