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BT is creating 150 new engineering jobs in Scotland as it steps up its fibre broadband rollout north of the border.

The broadband provider is to take on new recruits in Inverness, Fort William, Oban and Aberdeen as well as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Dumfries and Galashiels.

BT says the recruitment drive is designed to support its £2.5 billion commercial investment programme, as well as its next-generation broadband partnerships in rural Scotland.

Around 90 of the new roles will be created in the Highlands and Islands, with successful candidates offered 18-month fixed term contracts with BT's network business Openreach.

Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland, said the advance of fibre broadband across Scotland is "good news in more ways than one".

"Faster broadband will help to fuel local economies across rural and urban Scotland and the jobs we’re creating are part of that," he stated.

"We’re looking for dynamic, customer-focused people with a can-do attitude who’ll help build the network infrastructure and deliver fibre products and services into homes and offices in and around these towns and cities."

Mr Dick said BT is offering "skilled, interesting work" which will give the successful recruits the chance to gain experience in a "fast-paced, constantly evolving industry".

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the new jobs, saying they will present new business opportunities across the country. 

"These jobs come on the back of our recent announcement of a high speed broadband network, created in partnership with BT," she noted.

"This initiative will connect communities across rural and urban areas, providing a platform for future economic development and regeneration."

Ms Sturgeon claimed this is "one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the whole of Europe" and will enable Scottish businesses to compete on the international stage.

BT is aiming to ensure 1.46 million Scottish homes and businesses have access to fibre broadband by the end of spring 2014.

Of these, around 650,000 can already take advantage of a super-fast fibre broadband deal.

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