BT has announced plans to invest in the next generation by recruiting more than 1,300 graduates and apprentices to work across TV production, engineering, cyber-security and customer service.
The company will employ virtual reality in the interview process, setting the candidates three Crystal Maze-style challenges in order to measure their analytical skills, how they handle change, and their drive and enthusiasm to get tasks completed.
A number of the recruits will be based at BT’s labs at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, in Suffolk, which is working on the development of artificial intelligence, ultrafast broadband and 5G technologies.
The move has received the backing from UK PM Theresa May, who said: “I welcome this announcement from BT. More high-quality apprenticeships means more young people with the vital skills and training to take advantage of the economic opportunities of the future.
“Our modern Industrial Strategy, in conjunction with business, will help drive developments in fields like Artificial Intelligence and cyber technology – meaning more high-tech jobs and greater prosperity for people across the country.”