BT has announced it will hire more than 700 apprentices and graduates for its September 2020 intake, having recruited over 900 in the past 12 months.
The company said the apprenticeships “will develop into the cyber security experts, software developers, data analysts and network engineers of the future.”
Gavin Williamson MP, secretary of state for education, added: “This is a brilliant achievement and I applaud the BT Group for their continued support and investment in apprenticeships.
“The digital economy is booming, and we need to make sure we can continue to build the skilled workforce to support it.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the skills they need to go on to have successful careers. I look forward to hearing how the new recruits are getting on.”
BT is also investing in further initiatives, including the Work Ready programme to provide on-the-job experience to 16-24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.
The Barefoot programme aims to give five million children the skills to thrive in the digital world by 2025, through a mixture of workshops and school teacher training.