Engineers and apprentices in South Shields have been taken on as part of a company recruitment drive.
Openreach, BT’s local network business, has undertaken its latest recruitment to hire 40 engineers and five apprentices in the North East to help install new lines and fix faults more quickly.
The new employees are also working on rolling out fibre broadband to more households and businesses.
It is the latest in a series of recruitment drives undertaken by Openreach in the region.
Clive Selley, chief executive, said: “Improving the service that we provide to customers is my number one priority, and these new engineering recruits will be helping us connect more people on time and fix faults faster.
“Openreach is already rolling out superfast fibre broadband and is helping the Government achieve its aim of reaching 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of 2017.
“As we take the UK beyond superfast, many of these engineers will also be helping us get ultrafast speeds to up to 12 million homes by the end of 2020.
“We’re making big investments to build and maintain our network, but we recognise there’s much more to do and we want to attract the very best people to help us on that journey.”
Farooq Hakim, BT regional director for the North East, said: “This latest recruitment represents another major investment by BT in the North East.
“New recruits are now embarking on exciting careers in a fast-moving industry, which is making a major contribution to the future success of the North East.
“Already, they are working hard to ensure that local households and businesses get the best possible service.”
“Given our focus on service, we’ve recruited people who can connect with customers and give them a very good experience they’ll remember.
“In return, they have the opportunity of a fantastic career in a company that’s at the forefront of building the UK’s connected future.”