Telecoms giant Openreach is hiring 3,000 trainee engineers with a starting salary of £20,750, rising to £25,394

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TELECOMS giant Openreach is hiring 3,000 trainee engineers.

You will be responsible for installing and repairing phone and broadband lines and get to travel around your home area.

Mum Hannah Hargreaves swapped a call centre job for being out on the road as an Openreach trainee engineer
Mum Hannah Hargreaves swapped a call centre job for being out on the road as an Openreach trainee engineer

To be considered for the roles, you need  a basic level of English and maths, a full driving licence with no more than six points and to be physically fit and able to pass a colour-vision test.

Trainee engineers start on £20,750, rising to £25,394 plus a ten per cent on-target bonus after 12 months, with additional allowances for people working in London and the Scottish Islands.

You  get 22 days’ annual leave, plus free broadband and access to world-class training, generous holiday and pension package, plus discounts on top products including free broadband, BT TV and BT Sport.

Kevin Brady, HR director at Openreach, says: “We want people from all walks of life to apply, to build a diverse workforce.

“Becoming an engineer can be an incredibly rewarding career.

“We’re constantly improving our training and recruitment programmes, providing recog-nised qualifications, to make sure we attract and keep the best in the business.”

Recruitment continues until the end of the year. Apply at openreach.co.uk/trainee.

CASE STUDY: HANNAH HARGREAVES, 30

MUM Hannah Hargreaves swapped answering the phone for being out on the road as an Openreach trainee engineer.

Hannah, 30, from Blackburn, Lancs, says:  “I worked in a call centre for six years. After the birth of my daughter, I felt I needed a change.

“I enjoy meeting people face-to-face and love being out and about.

The hours are great, too, as I get to spend evenings with the family which I couldn’t do before.  Engineering is  male-dominated  but   the people  I work with are lovely.

“I blog about my experiences on social media, promoting the idea of women working in engineering.

“Most of my day is spent installing and repairing phone and broadband lines to residential and business customers.

“You will see me working at a roadside cabinet or  at the top of a phone pole.”

JOBSPOT

LOVE to be beside the seaside? Butlin’s is recruiting for summer- season workers including pool cleaners and lifeguards. Find out more at butlinscareers. co.uk/search/.


A social route to work

TWO thirds of firms use social media as a recruitment tool.  Here, LinkedIn career expert Darain Faraz  tells how to use your online presence to get noticed by recruiters.

LinkedIn career expert Darain Faraz  tells how to use your online presence to get noticed by recruiters
LinkedIn career expert Darain Faraz  tells how to use your online presence to get noticed by recruiters

EMBRACE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING: Three in five jobseekers think knowing someone in an industry or company through friends is the top advantage to getting a job, so build contacts with such people.

BE VISIBLE: Interact with your professional community in the same way that you would with your wider social community. Follow companies, share industry news and like content  to get seen by  employers.

DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND: Your LinkedIn profile is often the first thing a recruiter will check, so keep it up to date. Use it to share your recent successes and show off your industry expertise.

USE YOUR ONLINE SOCIAL COMMUNITY: An online social connection could be the key to unlocking job opportunities.  We spend  one hour on social media for professional purposes, for every six spent keeping up to date with family and friends. More time on your work profile will pay dividends.

WREN FLYING HIGH

WREN Kitchens has been rated the UK’s best retail employer in a new annual study from jobs website Indeed.

The Humberside-based retailer, which employs more than 4,000 staff, scored consistently highly for valuing its employees.

Managing director Mark Pullan says: “We are delighted to have received this recognition, which is a reflection on the great team we have.

“The success of our business is entirely down to the strength of our team.

“We are incredibly lucky to have people who are completely customer-focused, hard-working and enthusiastic.”

If you want to try for a job with Wren, simply visit wrencareers.com.

Happy ever Bafta

WANT to break into the competitive fields of films, TV or games design but lack the contacts or cash? Then apply for a Bafta scholarship.

Olivia Colman is a Bafta winner - and you could be too with a scholarship
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Olivia Colman is a Bafta winner – and you could be too with a scholarship[/caption]

Applications have opened for the scheme, which helps talented Brits into some of the UK’s most sought-after industries.

Each Bafta scholar will receive up to £12,000 towards their annual tuition fees, as well as mentoring from a Bafta member and free access to its events around the UK.

Sara Putt, chair of Bafta’s Learning and New Talent Committee, says: “I encourage anyone with a talent, whatever their background or circumstances, to apply.”

Apply by May 28 at bit.ly/BAFTAScholarships.


JOBSPOT

CONSTRUCTION firm NMCN is taking on 17 apprentices in engineering, quantity surveying, estimating and administration. For details, and to apply, go to
nmcn.com/careers/.

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