BT is creating 61 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across the East Midlands as part of a new UK-wide recruitment drive.
The company aims to employ more than 1,300 people across the country in a number of different roles, from TV production, engineering, customer service and cyber-security to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime.
In the East Midlands the 61 new recruits will be mainly located in Barlborough (Derbyshire), Leicester and Lincoln.
BT is one of the first UK companies to use virtual reality technology as a way of recruiting.
The assessment process will include candidates being asked to complete a series of virtual reality “Crystal Maze” style tasks. BT will then assess candidates based on three measures which comprise analytical skills, how they handle change, as well as their drive and enthusiasm to get tasks completed.
The latest recruitment drive for apprenticeships and graduates is in addition to Openreach’s announcement last week that they are looking to recruit 3,500 engineers, of which more than 120 will be based in the East Midlands.
Many of the apprentices will also achieve foundation and full degrees as part of their work at BT, while some graduates will also achieve fully funded qualifications.
Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: “BT has a rich history of innovation, and it’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining the company as we look towards growing our cyber-security business, developing 5G technologies and enhanced TV content.
“Our apprenticeship and graduate scheme will equip people with the skills and on the job training they will need to succeed in the future.”