Operator will hire young people in retail stores and its UK call centres
EE is set to hire 500 apprentices in the next two years, with 100 of these going into its high street retail stores.
Apprentices on the network’s 15-month scheme will spend one day a fortnight at local colleges and the rest of the time either working in its retail estate or in its call centres.
Following the successful completion of the apprenticeship the operator intends to offer full time employment to each staff member.
EE chief customer officer Jackie O’Leary 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.”
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable added: “We can only build a stronger economy working with business. Apprenticeships are a good example of this partnership, with Government helping companies to address skills shortages and create more jobs.
“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.”
EE has also announced it will launch a graduate scheme in the coming weeks.