Openreach has announced it will create 4,000 new jobs and apprenticeships as it continues to install high-speed broadband around the UK.

The company is looking to recruit staff throughout the UK and is working to build and connect its customers to its ultrafast full-fiber network.

The project is on track to reach 25 million homes and businesses by December 2026, and the recruitment drive is the largest in the company’s history.


The company attracted 600 women into its trainee engineering roles last year – a role white males have traditionally dominated.

Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: Openreach is a people business first and foremost, so I’m proud that we’re continuing to invest heavily in our people, having hired and trained more than 8,000 new engineers over the last two years.

“We’re rightly recognised as one of the best big companies to work for in the UK, and we’re determined to stay that way, so we’ve been building state of the art training schools all over the country where we can teach people the skills and techniques they need for long, exciting and rewarding careers in engineering.

“We want to reflect the communities we serve and give opportunities to people from all backgrounds, so I’m encouraged that we’ve recruited more women and minority groups this year compared to last year, but we’ve got much more to do in an industry that hasn’t been very diverse historically.

“These new recruits will play a crucial role as we continue to improve services for our customers and build the biggest and best broadband network in the UK, covering millions of rural and urban homes.”

The company says the new roles offer a “very competitive” starting salary, but candidates do not need any qualifications.

They would need a driving license, a strong work ethic, “great customer service skills,” and a desire to work outside.

The 4,000 new jobs will include around 3,000 apprenticeships.

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