Openreach has announced plans to recruit around 80 trainees in the North East in its drive to improve customer service and invest in the operation of its network.
Around 10 of the positions are expected to be based in Northumberland, in locations such as Berwick, Ashington and Morpeth.
The network business will be seeking recruits from across the region to fill the new, full-time and permanent roles to extend its fibre broadband network, improve customer service and keep the North East connected.
It is part of a UK-wide initiative to hire 1,500 trainee engineers over the next eight months.
In a ground-breaking approach to recruitment, potential candidates will be able to discover exactly what life as a field engineer involves, with the help of virtual reality (VR).
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Earlier this month, BT agreed a deal with Ofcom which will see Openreach, which runs the UK’s broadband infrastructure, become a legally separate company.