UK's South West gets its first Telecoms Field Operative Apprenticeship program

Wildanet has partnered with Truro and Penwith College to create the region’s first ever Telecoms Field Operative Apprenticeship program.

Internet service provider Wildanet has partnered up with the nationally acclaimed College to offer entry-level careers in Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector. The collaboration aims to address digital inequality and provide well-paid, quality career opportunities in Cornwall’s tech sector.

The first group of five learners started their apprenticeships in July, kickstarting their learning journey. Apprentices are currently learning from industry-expert staff. They will eventually play a crucial role in installing the network infrastructure to bring fast and reliable internet to the region’s homes, businesses, and communities.

As Wildanet expands its high-speed broadband network across Cornwall and Devon, they have generated hundreds of new jobs. As a result, the internet service provider has invested heavily in its Wildanet Academy to develop the next generation of Telecoms Field Operatives. From September, apprentices will develop new skills at Truro and Penwith College’s new state-of-the-art STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin.

Julie-Anne Snderland, Chief People Officer for Wildanet, said: “As an emerging and strong business in our community, we see ourselves as having a corporate responsibility to be a force for good around opportunities for high quality and meaningful employment and skills training for our local community.

“Our business requires some particularly specific skills, and these were not readily available locally, so we had to think really creatively about developing our own academy and engaging with local education providers to start to build programs.

“We are delighted to be working with Truro and Penwith College, which has been particularly receptive to the idea of what we wanted to build and flexible in how we do that in partnership to develop a high quality Apprenticeship programme supporting new talent and our highly-skilled existing workforce.”

Applications are open for a further eight to start their journey in October.

Visit the College’s website to apply for the latest Wildanet Apprenticeship vacancies.

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