Scotland business

BT taking on 60 apprentices in Dundee

BT has announced it is recruiting up to 60 young apprentices to its contact centre operations in Dundee this year.

The telecoms giant confirmed recruitment was under way following talks with Dundee City Council, local schools, colleges and job centres.

BT said the jobs would help tackle youth unemployment in the city.

The company employs more than 1,000 staff in Dundee in a range of customer contact functions, from directory enquiries to broadband.

Andrew Bailey, from BT, said: "Our main reason for recruiting in Dundee is to help tackle the city's high rate of youth unemployment.

"BT is a big employer locally and we were in a position to do something concrete to help.

"We're looking to develop a core group of young talent in Dundee, from 16-year-old school leavers to graduates and people in their 20s with work experience."

He added: "We plan to bring in around 60 full-time apprentices during the course of this year, and there may be more to come."

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