Openreach creates 160 new jobs in the East Midlands after record year for hiring women engineers

Broadband network, Openreach, is set to create and fill more than 160 more jobs across the East Midlands during 2022, including around 145 apprenticeships, as it continues to invest billions of pounds into its UK broadband network, people and training.

By Shelley Marriott
Thursday, 10th February 2022, 6:30 am

The new recruits, some of which will be based Nottinghamshir, will be working to build and connect customers to the company’s ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband network.

Openreach employs the UK’s largest team of telecoms engineers and professionals, and has committed to building a more diverse and inclusive team in an industry that’s traditionally been very white, male dominated.

Last year, the company attracted 600 women into trainee engineering roles – more than double the previous year. The boost was thanks partly to employing language experts to transform its job adverts and descriptions, making them gender neutral.

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Openreach is creating 160 new jobs in the East Midlands after a record year for hiring women engineers

Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach, said: “Openreach is a people business first and foremost, so I’m proud that we’re continuing to invest heavily in our people, having hired and trained more than 8,000 new engineers over the last two years. We’re rightly recognised as one of the best big companies to work for in the UK, and we’re determined to stay that way, so we’ve been building state of the art training schools all over the country where we can teach people the skills and techniques they need for long, exciting and rewarding careers in engineering.

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“We want to reflect the communities we serve and give opportunities to people from all backgrounds, so I’m encouraged that we’ve recruited more women and minority groups this year compared to last year, but we’ve got much more to do in an industry that hasn’t been very diverse historically.

“These new recruits will play a crucial role as we continue to improve services for our customers and build the biggest and best broadband network in the UK, covering millions of rural and urban homes.”

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