Hundreds to join BT’s research site in Martlesham Heath as company creates 1,000 new jobs

BT's Adastral Park complex in Martlesham Heath

BT's Adastral Park complex in Martlesham Heath - Credit: Archant

Telecoms giant BT is to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs this year.

Many of the new intakes will be based at the company’s research site, Adastral Park in Martlesham Heath near Ipswich.

Recruits will begin degree apprenticeships from September, allowing them to complete full honours degrees while working.

BT is also providing up to 1,000 vocational training and work experience placements for unemployed youngsters.

Prime Minister David Cameron said today’s announcement underlined BT’s commitment to training young people and gave them the security of a monthly pay packet and the chance of a better future.


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He added: “Backing those who want to work hard and get on with the skills they need to succeed is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s recovery.”

The places will be spread across the country in cities including London, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds and offer careers ranging from business analysis to software development.

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Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: “The UK’s future as a technology leader hinges on young people getting the skills, support and training they need to create successful careers in science, engineering and IT.

“I’m thrilled that BT will be offering so many opportunities for apprentices, graduates and trainees this year, and that they will start their careers at such an exciting time in the company’s history.”

The new employees will have the opportunity to work in fields such as technology research, engineering, IT and TV.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, said: “Apprenticeships are a fast-track route in to the workplace, and can take you almost anywhere, even offering the chance to gain a degree on the job.”

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