Construction, Engineering

Trainee Engineer

  • Croydon
  • £20,000.00 - £21,000.00
  • Openreach
  • 35-40 hours per week


Driving Britain's digital revolution by connecting you to the world

Openreach is a division of British Telecommunications plc and we run Britain’s digital network business. We're the people who connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses – large and small – to the world. It’s our mission to build the best possible network with the highest quality of service, and make sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

What we do

We're a wholesaler and have more than 30,000 people who work on behalf of more than 600 communication providers. So that’s businesses like Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT. Our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, covering nearly 27.6 million homes and business premises. Our technology is the platform for Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest of the G20 countries.

We’re working hard to give people the service and broadband speeds they need at work and at home. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network. And we now manage more than 165million kilometres of cable, from Scotland to Cornwall, and from Wales to the east coast. But we’re not stopping there – we’re making superfast broadband available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

We’re owned by BT Group, but independently governed by Openreach Limited.  Openreach trades through British Telecommunications plc. Our business is highly regulated, and more than 90 per cent of our revenues come from services that Ofcom oversee.

In the year ending 31 March 2018, our revenues were £5.1 billion.


As an apprentice Engineer you would be responsible for building our network, or installing and maintaining broadband for both residential and business customers.


This isn’t an office job so you won’t be tied to one location. Instead you’ll be on the road, in your van and out in the fresh air. You’ll be visiting lots of different places and working in all kinds of buildings including our telephone exchanges – our central hubs for connecting customers. You might find yourself working at a street cabinet, up a telegraph pole or in the customers’ premises. The type of work you’ll be carrying out will be physical, for example you might be required to climb a telegraph pole and work at height. This is a customer focused role, so quite a lot of the work is done alone, but you’re never really alone as you’ll be interacting with customers, getting together with your team and there’s always people for support at the end of the phone – from your manager and team mates to dedicated teams there to help.


Benefits include:

  • 12 month bespoke training course provided, ending with an NVQ L2 qualification.
  • £20,750K starting salary (+London living enhancement) – increasing after completed training
  • Free BT Broadband and BT TV
  • Option to join Openreach pension scheme
  • Option to purchase BT shares
  • 22 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • 37.5 hours per week



You will be required to have a basic level of Maths and English, as well a driving license (candidates currently learning to drive will be considered). Apart from this the most important thing is to have a positive and can-do attitude, as a full 12 month training programme will equip you with all the knowledge you need to pursue a fantastic new career.  


If you are interested in this role, please fill in for application form below, and you will be contacted for a further discussion. 


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