BT is inviting young people who want to kick-start their careers to apply for traineeships at its offices throughout the UK.

​It’s a chance for those between the ages of 16 and 24 who aren’t in education, employment or training, to get practical work skills. Over seven weeks they’ll learn about CV writing, interview techniques and confidence building.

They’ll develop transferrable skills needed to find and start work, whether it's with BT or another company. After graduating from the programme with a nationally recognised qualification in digital employability, BT will support them for 12 weeks to help them find a job or further training.

Places are on offer at a number of BT's offices – including Lincoln and Swindon, where there are 15 places up for grabs. 

Traineeships are part of BT's Work Ready programme. The company is helping young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to gain employment skills and get them ready for work. It’s part of our commitment as a founding partner in the Movement to Work coalition of employers.

Amy Caton, strategy and programme manager on BT's Education team, says: “Our traineeships give young people a first-hand experience of the world of work, and people who volunteer to support them say it’s such a worthwhile thing to do.

“They’re a great opportunity for young people to reinvigorate their confidence, motivation and enthusiasm as well as gaining practical skills.

“We’ll be running more traineeships in the future. So if you know a young person who would benefit, encourage them to register their interest so they don’t miss out.”