Forces staff recruited

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, as the ship arrives in Portsmouth Picture: POPHOT Ian Simpson/Royal Navy/PA Wire

‘A symbol of maritime might in the navy for the next 50 years’

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EX-FORCES personnel from Portsmouth are being recruited by BT to help install super-fast broadband across the UK.

BT’s local network business, Openreach, plans to employ 200 former service staff from many parts of the country, including five from Portsmouth.

The recruits are due to start their new jobs later this month.

Olivia Garfield, CEO of Openreach, said: ‘It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to recruit so many ex-armed services personnel.

‘These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full-time employment with a generous reward package.

‘They are highly skilled, motivated and disciplined and have experience of complex engineering tasks.’