Everything Everywhere to recruit 500 apprentices
Mobile network operator Everything Everywhere has announced plans to recruit 500 apprentices by 2015.
The successful candidates will join EE's Retail and Customer teams across the UK on a 15-month scheme. In addition to receiving on-the-job training, apprentices will spend one day a fortnight at college and will be awarded a qualification in retail or customer service on completion of the scheme. EE said it plans to offer the majority of apprentices full time employment when they finish their training.
EE has been piloting the scheme over the past year in its Customer team, and so far has recruited 101 apprentices. 90% of vacancies have been filled by candidates under the age of 22, with a quarter of them aged 16 or 17.
Jackie O'Leary, chief customer officer, 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."
Jobs will be available across the UK, with 100 opportunities in EE's retail estate by the end of the year. A significant proportion will be in areas of high youth unemployment as five out of six of EE's contact centre locations, including Doxford, North Tyneside, Merthyr Tydfil and Darlington, are in areas where the number of young people on Jobseekers Allowance is above the national average of 7%.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "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. I hope that during National Apprenticeship Week more employers up and down the country will look to increase their workforce by taking on new apprentices."
Separately, EE is running a fast track scheme for front line employees allowing them to complete up to four six-month placements in their chosen area across the business. There are also plans to launch a graduate scheme in the coming weeks.
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