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BT to create 200 jobs in South West in rural broadband rollout

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

BT's rural broadband project in the South West is to create 200 jobs in the region

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BT has announced plans to create up to 200 new engineering jobs in the South West as part of a major recruitment drive across the UK.

The company is particularly keen to recruit in Yeovil, Bristol, Bridgwater, Taunton, Shepton Mallett, Trowbridge, Swindon, Weymouth, Bath, Poole, Truro, Exeter, Barnstaple and Honiton.

The latest intake of engineers will help to continue to improve customer service and bring high-speed fibre broadband to more communities.

BT's local network business, Openreach, has already made fibre broadband available to more than 19 million UK homes and businesses – some two thirds of the UK – and more than 1.5 million in the South West. Nationally, Openreach expects to recruit 1,600 engineers.

David Cameron said: "Supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan.

"So I am delighted that BT is launching this major recruitment drive for 1,600 engineers across the UK, providing financial security for families and delivering a world class infrastructure for Britain."

Jon Reynolds, BT's South West regional director, said: "BT is leading the economic recovery of the South West as one of the region's largest investors.

"Not only are we building a superfast broadband network, which is giving a major boost to the region's households and businesses, we are creating highly skilled local jobs offering exciting careers, such as those announced today.

"We are determined to ensure that the South West is in the best position possible to take full advantage of the superfast broadband revolution," he added.

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