Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

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.

Archant

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.”

4 comments

  • 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...

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    Alice

    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.

    Report this comment

    Alice

    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 !

    Report this comment

    john

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Suffolk Rape Crisis employees who launched the appeal. 
L-R Helen Taylor, Louise Hayward, Selina Wagstaff, Shane Begby, Chris Nightingale.

A crowdfunding appeal set up to help save a Suffolk charity that supports survivors of sexual violence has reached its £1,125 target in under 48 hours.

Stock image.

A man has been robbed of his mobile phone after attacked in Ipswich overnight.

Former Ipswich Town footballer John Wark talks with Brenda Caley and Glenis Caley during the launch of Football Memories at Synergy Cafe.

With the 1978 FA Cup Final showing on a television screen in the background, three Ipswich Town legends who had helped bring the Blues victory during that game wander the room.

Michael Gove (left) and Boris Johnson. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The names are coming thick and fast now as senior Conservative MPs announce their intentions to stand for the leadership of the party.

The former St George's School in Great Finborough

A man who claims he was sexually abused by a former Suffolk school teacher at another school more than 40 years ago felt he had a duty to come forward after seeing a news item about him being extradited to the UK from France, a court heard.

Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Potential fire hazards at houses and businesses in the Norwich Road area of Ipswich will be identified and addressed next week.

Stowmarket and Area Foodbank who are running low on food after high demand in recent weeks 
Eddie Smith, Paul Campbell and Mike Smith

A Suffolk foodbank is running out of food – following an “unprecedented” spike in demand.

A tour of Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds. Back L-R: Ben Whatling (contract manager - Seamans), Simon Marks (Purcell), Dave Clarke (structural engineer) with Alicia Ridout (Purcell).

A sneak peek behind the hoarding of Cupola House has revealed the tremendous scale and intricacy involved in restoring one of Bury St Edmunds’ iconic buildings to its former glory.

The A12 near Kelvedon

A motorist has admitting putting on makeup – as she drove at 60mph along the A12.

Metin Ozer, from Mr Chippys Fish and Seafood Restaurant, Simone McLean, from S&S Caribbean Cafe, Sharalyne Monk, from Zebra News, Jessica Schomberg, from Jes, Izabela Serwin, from Cardamon Cafe, and April Moodie, from Music Warehouse, are angry how a trade is being affected due to a portion of St John's Street in Colchester is blocked due to sewer repairs.

Businesses say they have been left counting the cost and struggling for survival after a collapsed sewer has closed a Colchester town centre road for six weeks.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24