Apprentices help to switch on broadband

BT apprentice Steven Parsons from Ashington.
BT apprentice Steven Parsons from Ashington.

Local apprentices are helping to switch on superfast broadband throughout the county.

BT apprentices such as Steven Parsons, from Ashington, are playing a key role in the roll-out of iNorthumberland.

Now even more BT apprenticeships are due to be created in the region this year after the company announced that the north east will benefit from plans for 1,000 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across the UK.

To help the rollout in Northumberland and across the north east, a budding team of 34 trainee engineers are already being trained up and given the skills to install and maintain fibre broadband, alongside gaining a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in ICT systems and principles over two and a half years.

Steven Parsons, 19, joined Openreach, BT’s local network business a year and a half ago after studying IT and business studies at sixth form college.

He said: “Before joining I was studying IT and business studies at sixth form college. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do afterwards – I didn’t really fancy going to university.

“I’m handy with technology and being outside away from a desk really appealed to me, so this was ideal.”

For information on iNorthumberland, visit www.inorthumberland.org.uk