EE grows its apprenticeship scheme to tackle youth unemployment

Digital communications company EE is creating over 1,000 new jobs for Britain and nearly tripling the size of its apprenticeship scheme to over 1,300 by the end of 2015, delivering a major boost to job-seekers while reaffirming its commitment to set the standard for customer service levels in the telecoms sector.

Since its apprenticeship scheme was first announced in March 2013, EE has hired 80% of the 460 apprentices who have completed the programme. EE plans to continue to offer full time positions to the majority of the apprentices, many of whom are in areas of high unemployment.

The success of EE’s apprenticeship scheme, a recent winner at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Opening Doors Business Awards, is highlighted by its candidates who, in staff surveys, record the highest levels of staff engagement as well as the lowest levels of staff turnover and absenteeism.

Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I’m delighted that the successful EE apprenticeship scheme will be expanded to help even more young people develop their skills.”

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said: “Our plans to triple our apprenticeship programme will play a significant role in tackling youth unemployment in many areas, and bring a large number of digitally skilled employees into the business. Today’s announcement is great news for our customers and a welcome boost to the UK.”