not least in how refreshing it is to see bright-eyed hopefuls being told
'You're hired!' not 'You're fired!' for a change.
We reported back in August that BT had 24,000 applications for its 221
apprenticeship posts (at a time when the fight for university places was
hotting up too). Now it has responded by increasing the number of jobs
on offer - its Openreach division will recruit more than 200 extra staff
We have to tip our hat to BT for this dose of festive cheer. It must be
economic uncertainty, only to have to be thrust into competition with
100 others for each role. And it's good to see a company responding with
won't be much consolation to the other 23,579).
The government will of course be happy with all this. As part of the
spending review last week, George Osborne promised to 'double' the
an extra 75,000 places a year from 2014.
BT's kicked things off at the right pace. While the story is clearly an
indication of the dire state of the employment situation out there right
provision, already miles behind the rest of Europe, is hardly going to
get better if you entrust flagship upgrades to a bunch of
learners: BT reckons super-fast broadband will reach 16.5m properties by