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FSB delighted with BT apprenticeship programme

BT is unveiling a major recruitment drive across the UK in a move that has gained praise from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, the nationwide telecommunications firm are committing themselves to helping both the youth and the unemployed of the North West by creating nearly one hundred apprenticeships in the region. The news is certainly being welcomed by the FSB.

‘‘It is great news for our region that BT is leading the way and ensuring a bright future for people entering their apprenticeship programme,’’ said Gary Lovatt, FSB regional chairman for Lancashire.

Last month brought the announcement that Newcastle will receive over 40 apprenticeships, with 30 of those positions belonging to the customer services sector. The new recruits will join the 139 people already undergoing BT apprenticeships in the North West, with 56 of those graduating this year.

BT is also playing a part within further education. BT Cornwall announced in April that they will be creating a new apprenticeship scheme run in partnership with Truro and Penwith College, with 5 new apprentices already starting their new jobs.

The announcement from BT is great news for the unemployed people living in the North West. The office for national statistics (ONS) found that the region was the worst in the UK for unemployment only two years ago. Glasgow currently is the city with the highest unemployment rate in the country.

‘‘Apprenticeships are a great way for new employees to learn the ropes and gain the skills they need to kickstart a fantastic career within the North West,’’ continued Lovatt.