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BT has hired an additional 1,000 broadband engineers to help boost its rollout of superfast broadband across the UK.
The announcement was welcomed by the prime minister who said it was great news for the UK as a whole.
"Working with business, the government is driving a transformation in UK broadband services and with an extra 100,000 homes and businesses gaining superfast broadband availability each week, this is already taking shape," he said.
"Providing much faster broadband speeds, and enabling millions more homes and businesses to enjoy these speeds is vital for driving investment and equipping the UK to compete and thrive in the global race."
The new roles will be filled between a mix of around 400 apprenticeships as well as ex-armed forces personnel and traditional candidates and will take BT's engineering headcount to 6,000 as it aims to bring superfast services to two-thirds of the UK by spring of 2014.
"Faster broadband will help to fuel the UK economy and the jobs we are creating are part of that," commented chief executive Ian Livingstone.
"Almost half of the jobs will be offered under our popular apprenticeship scheme giving young people the chance to earn a recognised qualification and pursue a career as a skilled telecoms engineer."
The appointments will no doubt help BT in its numerous Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) contracts which it has been winning with regularity over the last few months.
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.