O2 to extend apprenticeship scheme with 33 new roles

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23 of the new apprentices will be based in Slough head office, with the remaining 10 trained as Guru’s in stores across the country

O2 will extend its apprentice scheme by adding 33 new apprentices later this year.

The operator will base 23 new apprentices in roles in its head office in Slough, with 10 sent to train as Gurus in stores across the country in the first expansion of its existing scheme.

The apprenticeships last between 18 months and two years, with the participants paid around £14,000 a year, according to the O2 website.

O2 HR director Ann Pickering said: “Apprentices are brilliant, valuable additions to O2, bringing fresh perspectives, natural digital skills and unparalleled creativity to our teams. We know they contribute an exceptional amount to our business, and that’s why we’ve expanded the scheme this year to take on our largest cohort of apprentices yet.

“What we’re looking for is the raw determination and positive attitude which we can help you harness to kick start your career. So whether you’re straight out of school or coming to the end of college or university, just show us your passion and enthusiasm for the digital world.”

From Slough to Manchester

Apprentices that are based in Slough will take on a number of roles on teams ranging from HR and procurement to IT and strategy.

O2-ShopThe 10 applicants based in O2 stores including locations in Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Oxford. They will be trained as O2’s tech specialists for 18 months. Applications opened on July 1 and will close on July 31. Successful candidates will start on September 31.

Uzma Chaudhry, an existing O2 apprentice, said: “Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience while continuing to earn, learn and train.

“As an O2 apprentice, not only have I been able to try out different roles and put new ideas forward on a day-to-day basis, I’ve also had constant mentoring from digital and business experts at the top of their game.

“Apprenticeships are undoubtedly hard work – and you need to be ready to hit the ground running from day one – but joining O2’s apprenticeship programme was still the best decision I’ve ever made.”

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