BT plans to create 25 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs in the North East.
Apprentices will be recruited in Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham, Tees Valley and South Shields.
Across the UK, BT will take on about 1,400 new apprentices and graduates in a variety of roles. They will range from cybersecurity and software development to research and innovation.
The roles will be spread across the company, with mobile phone operator EE and BT’s local network business, Openreach, both taking on large numbers of staff.
BT is investing billions of pounds in the roll-out of superfast fibre broadband, and some of the new recruits will work on that programme as the company seeks to help the UK maintain its leading position among major European nations.
Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: “Technology is changing all the time, and companies need to support and train young people to develop the skills required for successful careers in essential areas such as science, engineering and IT.
“The UK has been ranked as the leading digital economy in the G20 for the past five years, and our investment in these people will help this continue.”
Farooq Hakim, BT’s North East regional director, added: “These apprenticeships and graduate jobs offer great opportunities for people in the North East to be part of one of the world’s most exciting and rapidly-developing industries and one of the UK’s leading companies.
“The new recruits will play a vital role in providing essential services and helping the region’s businesses and households make the most of technologies which are transforming the way we live and work.
“High-quality careers such as these are essential to the future success and prosperity of the North East.”
in young people to ensure the UK remains a digital powerhouse. The new recruits will be at the heart of the company’s transformation.”
The 1,400 UK apprenticeship and graduate jobs announced now are in addition to 1,700 the company has created over the past two years.