TELECOMS giant BT is to recruit 55 apprentices and graduates in Belfast later this year.
The September intake will include positions in cyber security, software engineering and commercial management to support the north's fast-growing digital sectors and the company's plans to build and extend its 5G network.
The new Belfast roles will be based at BT Group’s Riverside Tower at Lanyon Place, with 35 graduate roles and 20 apprenticeships being introduced.
The company is taking on 400 apprentices in total, and as well as Belfast, other locations include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Ipswich, Leeds, London and Manchester.
BT Group is one of the UK's largest private sector apprenticeship employers and has recruited more than 2,600 apprentices and graduates over the past four years, with around 4,000 employees working towards their qualifications at any given time.
Chief human resources officer Athalie Williams said: “As one of the largest private sector employers of apprentices and graduates in the UK, we continue to recruit and attract brilliant people into our business and we offer unparalleled development opportunities to those who join us.
“Despite the current economic backdrop, we're building a future pipeline of talent to help drive growth across our business, deliver great outcomes for all of our customers, and to underpin economic growth in the UK.”
Jack Majury, who joined BT as a cyber security apprentice, said: “I have been given so many opportunities to learn and broaden my knowledge in cyber security. I’ve also had the chance to travel across the UK as part of the apprenticeship.
“Everyone at BT has made me feel welcome and helped me ease into my new role. If you’re considering applying for an apprenticeship, I’d say just go for it. Be yourself when applying for the position and if you put all your efforts into it, it’ll definitely be worth it.”
For more information on how to apply for an apprenticeship or graduate job at BT Group,visit: https://www.bt.com/careers/early-careers