Openreach has hired 30 recruits in South Yorkshire with the aim of installing new lines and fixing faults faster.
They are among 120 engineers, 17 apprentices and five graduates hired by BT’s network business in Yorkshire and the Humber. In total, Openreach says it has employed 5,000 engineers and more than 700 apprentices in the UK in the last three years.
It comes after a torrid time for the organisation. In July, regulator Ofcom said it should become a separate company within the BT group after a committee of MPs said it was failing to invest properly in broadband infrastructure and should be broken up unless it spends more money to improve the service.
Openreach says the recruits are working on rolling out fibre broadband to households and businesses beyond the nearly 2m premises in the region.
Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This represents another major investment by BT in the region as a leading employer and provider of essential services.
“New recruits are now embarking on exciting careers in a fast-moving industry, which is making a major contribution to the future success of Yorkshire and the Humber. Already, they are working hard to ensure that local households and businesses get the best possible service.”
A number of the jobs have been taken by ex-service men and women - continuing the company’s long-standing relationship with the armed forces, he added.