EE is creating 500 new apprenticeships in its customer and retail teams by 2015 after launching a new employment drive.
The candidates will join either team on a 15 month apprenticeship, spending one day per fortnight studying either contact centre operations or retail at college. The operator said it plans to offer full time employment to 'the majority' of the apprentices.
A trial has been conducted during the past year with 101 apprentices. The scheme is open to everyone and the operator said it assesses candidates on their communication skills, potential and enthusiasm and interest in the company. It said it hopes to have 100 apprentices signed up by the end of 2013 and will focus on creating roles in areas with high youth unemployment.
Jackie O'Leary, chief customer officer at EE, said: 'We recognise the importance of providing a platform for Britain’s young people to develop professionally, as well as contributing towards the local economy and community in the areas that we operate. With one million unemployed 16 to 24 year olds in the UK, big businesses should play a central role in providing employment opportunities and training up tomorrow’s talent.'
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: 'We can only build a stronger economy working with business. Apprenticeships are a good example of this partnership, with Government helping companies to address skills shortages and create more jobs.
'The announcement of EE’s apprenticeship scheme, and the company’s intention to take on 500 new apprentices and provide them with the skills and knowledge to approach the workplace with confidence, is welcome news.'
Author: Graeme Neill