British telecommunication giant BT will be doubling its intake of apprentices this year, announced the company.
Keeping in mind the large increase in the number of applicants, the London-based company will be hiring 200 extra people by Christmas time, in addition to the 221 positions it already hired in autumn.
According to BT, the number of applicants had gone up to 24,000 this year whereas it had been only 9,000 last year.
The firm will therefore start a second phase of recruitment for its Openreach division for which it needs additional staff to work on the company's high speed fiber-optic broadband network.
Positions are open in the company's IT, telecommunications, electrical systems and customer service divisions.
Candidates preparing for a BTEC qualification or foundation degree can also apply for apprenticeship.
BT apprentices receive a starting salary between £12,000 and £15,000.
This marks the 50th anniversary of BT's apprenticeship scheme.