BT is to double its intake of apprentices this year after a big increase in the number of applicants, the telecoms giant has announced.
The firm is recruiting more than 200 extra people by Christmas to add to the 221 positions it has already filled.
BT said about 24,000 candidates had registered an interest in the first set of vacancies, up from 9,000 in 2009.
It added that it also needed additional staff to help it roll out its new high-speed fibre optic broadband network.
BT apprentices start on salaries of between £12,000 and £15,000.
The roles available are in IT, telecoms, electrical systems and customer service, and are open to candidates studying for a BTEC qualification or foundation degree.