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Adastral Park: BT to create 100 new graduate jobs and apprenticeships

06:00 27 February 2014

Tim Whitley, managing director at BT

Tim Whitley, managing director at BT's Adastral Park.


BT is to create more than 100 new graduate jobs and apprenticeships across East Anglia, with most of the roles based at its Adastral Park research headquarters near Ipswich.


The jobs form part of a wider recruitment drive which will see more than 1,000 graduate and apprentice posts being created by BT across the UK.

Most of the new roles will be in the areas of IT, technology research and engineering, with training also available in business and finance.

BT is seeking around 300 top science, technology and business graduates while around 730 apprenticeships will be offered to school and college leavers in the areas of engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics. The group has also created a new digital media technology apprenticeship that will provide recruits with experience and skills in web development, digital networks, digital TV and digital media distribution.

Tim Whitley, head of research and innovation at BT and managing director of Adastral Park, at Martlesham Heath, said: “Adastral Park is the home of BT’s innovation and research. Technologies developed here now underpin many of the ways we communicate, transmit data and interact with each other every day.

“I’m delighted that many of these new recruits will work in engineering and technology research, and that BT can play an extremely positive role by taking them on and advancing their skills through mentoring and training,” Dr Whitley added.

In another move to be announced today, BT will also signal its commitment to the UK employer-led initiative “Movement to Work”, aimed at tackling youth unemployment, by pledging to provide up to 1,500 vocational training and work experience placements for out of work youngsters over the next 18-months.

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said: “Every company needs to play its part in ensuring that Britain’s future workforce isn’t damaged by long-term unemployment.”



  • Push the boat out, double it... Adastral Park is large, only 100 graduate jobs and apprenticeships? Seems like someone is handing them an incentive for doing so...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Wow - makes a change for BT to be creating jobs in this country: they've been exporting work to India for years. I guess when the graduate trainees have enough experience to want a decent wage, they too will be replaced by much cheaper offshore, non-european workers. It damages the economy, because all the exported work means the country loses the tax and NI revenue, but BT don't care - all they're interested in is the share price. This is a pitiful investment compared to the hundreds of millions BT spends on offshore workers every year.

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    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • John - been there, done that! I had three different jobs exported to India while I was there, until I realised I was going to run out of options and left of my own accord. Management by spreadsheet really doesn't appeal.

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    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Alice you are right about the cheap labour offshoring, but here with apprentices they get a nice ££ bonus from the government. If you love excel spreadsheets, telephone meetings and reading emails - apply !

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    Thursday, February 27, 2014

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