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BT Apprenticeship programme

BT offers a quality apprenticeship programme which is a core part of its talent management strategy. They have built a strong track record in this area, and are in the top five leading employers and apprenticeship providers in the UK.

Their apprenticeship programme was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2012. BT promotes to schools, colleges and careers events the importance of supporting young people and the opportunity to gain valuable skills which are then recognised by apprenticeship initiatives.

What started as a predominantly engineering based scheme, now delivers eleven Apprenticeship frameworks across BT supporting the core operations of the business – Engineering, IT, Customer Service, Finance, Digital Media, Cyber Security, Logistics and Facilities Management, Sales and Management.

Apprentices are given extra study time for qualifications – without losing pay. Most training is delivered on the job. Apprentices at BT are surrounded by experts in their chosen area who deliver the learning and support to make sure they are on track and making progress. In addition time is spent at college or university with a local training provider to consolidate this learning in a classroom environment as apprentices progress to achieveing their qualification. Depending on the programme apprentices will either attend a day release training schedule or a block release learning schedule at BT’s central training college.

BT offer plenty of support and encouragement from line managers and a dedicated apprenticeship development team. This team help apprentices create a personal development plan to address specific areas for development and coach apprentices to achieve their qualification.

Applying is easy, it can all be done online. BT offer a generous pay and pension package for apprentices. Current salaries start at £14,114 per annum rising to £18,000 for the Finance apprenticeship, and are reviewed on an annual basis.

Anyone in UK can apply for an apprenticeship if they’re:

  • 16 or over when they start their apprenticeship
  • Eligible to work in the UK on a permanent basis
  • Not in full-time education

The BT Apprenticeship frameworks are delivered at two levels - Level 3 (equivalent of A Levels) and Level 4 (where young people gain a foundation degree as part of their framework). To be eligible to apply you must have attained or be expecting to achieve the following qualifications:

Advanced apprenticeship

  • Five GCSEs - grades A-C including Maths and English, or verified equivalent qualifications.
  • Engineering apprentices working in ‘power’ require a grade B or above in Maths.

Higher apprenticeship

  • Two A levels - grades A-C, or verified equivalent qualifications.
  • If applying to the Finance programme you will require three A levels grade B or above.

You are guaranteed a permanent job with BT with pay increments until you reach the maximum of the pay scale, for five years. Being an apprentice at BT is demanding. It takes time, effort and personal commitment. But it's not all work and no play, BT are commited to ensuring employees benefit for a healthy work-life balance. As an apprentice, you'll have the chance to get involved in all kinds of activities outside your day job including volunteering, fundraising and social events.

BT have an apprentices network run by apprentices for apprentices. It organises lots of professional and social events throughout the year. BT believe that the sharing of good practice will help apprentices complete their training.

Great work deserves great rewards. In return for your ideas, commitment and ambition, you'll earn a salary and a range of benefits as soon as you join. Every apprentice enjoys a great benefits package. On top of your salary, you'll receive:

  • 22 days of annual leave (plus bank holidays) increasing to 30 days after 18 years
  • Free broadband (and BT Vision and BT Sport for £1)
  • Generous contributory pension
  • Opportunity to buy shares with the BT Sharesave scheme
  • Discounts from other companies on everything from insurance to computing equipment
  • Study leave for professional exams

BT also run a buddy system. When a new apprentice joins they are matched up with one of their experienced apprentice area managers and an assessor/coach. There are also existing apprentices who can act as mentors.

Apprenticeship case studies

Watch the following video case studies to hear from apprentices, their parents and employers.

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