Operator says it is on target to reach pledge of 1,300 apprenticeships by end of the year
EE has announced plans to recruit 250 new apprentices in 2015 across its customer service, retail and corporate divisions.
The operator launched its apprentice scheme in 2012 and has so far hired more than 800 apprentices across the UK. It will add 250 more this year.
The roles will be split across several divisions, with 150 apprenticeships based in customer service, 100 in retail and 23 head office roles.
The operator is offering 12 month contracts, including bonus entitlements, to the apprentices, who will also the opportunity to study towards NVQ levels 2-3 in their chosen expertise.
EE chief HR officer Patrick Bradley said: “The success of our apprenticeship scheme has exceeded all expectations. Quite simply it is a win-win.
“Young people benefit from learning new skills on the job, our business benefits from dedicated and hard-working staff and our customers benefit from the very best service.
“That’s why I’m absolutely delighted to announce plans to expand the scheme further. The feedback we receive from most importantly the apprentices themselves, but also fellow employees and independent organisations, makes me very proud of the programme.”
National Brathay Challenge
EE also announced that its apprentices will enter the National Brathay Challenge for the first time and raise money for Darlington based St Teresa’s Hospice.
The Brathay Challenge is a contest that sees more than 700 apprentices compete to be named the best in the country. They compete in teams of nine to demonstrate team building, logistical, leadership and community skills needed to claim the title of the apprentice team of the year.
EE’s has also announced apprentice ambassadors who will attend schools and colleges across the UK, speaking to young people about career options and answering questions about their experiences with the operator’s apprentice scheme.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said, “I am delighted that EE is to create 250 new apprenticeships this year. Apprenticeships make absolute business sense while providing life changing opportunities for young people across the country.”