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BT’s engineering workforce in Cornwall will be boosted with 48 new recruits as the ‘Big Build’ of the superfast broadband network picks up pace.

The new engineers will be based in Truro and many of them will be ex-armed forces personnel.

They are joining BT’s local network business Openreach over the next few weeks to support the Superfast Cornwall initiative, which is rolling out superfast broadband across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The recruits will spend their first few weeks completing extensive training and job shadowing and will then ‘buddy up’ with experienced colleagues. All the new engineers are due to be in place by the end of January. They will take the number of engineers working on superfast broadband in Cornwall to about 200.

Superfast Cornwall programme director Nigel Ashcroft said: “The roll-out of superfast broadband in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is now moving into top gear. We are ahead of schedule and very soon the first people across the east of Cornwall will be able to upgrade to superfast speeds.

“These new engineers ensure that we make this exciting technology available to as many homes and businesses as quickly as possible. The job is immense and their commitment and support is vital.”

Openreach has been working closely on the recruitment programme with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), which brings together the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Right Management, a global talent and career management expert.

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