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BT's commitment to hire another 1,000 new graduates and apprentices has been welcomed by the Prime Minister.

David Cameron said he was "delighted" to hear BT is creating new posts for young people and pledging to invest in their career development.

BT has announced plans to recruit 300 graduates and take on another 700 apprentices in 2015, in areas such as software development, IT, engineering and digital technology.

New roles will be created across the UK, in cities such as London, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.

These jobs are in addition to the 1,000 positions created by BT in 2014.

Mr Cameron said BT’s commitment to training young people offers the security of a monthly pay packet and the chance of a better future.

"Backing those who want to work hard and get on with the skills they need to succeed is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s recovery," Mr Cameron added.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT, said the UK’s future as a technology leader hinges on young people getting the skills, support and training they need to create successful careers in science, engineering and IT.

He said he is "thrilled" that the broadband provider will be offering "so many opportunities" to apprentices, graduates and trainees this year.

Mr Patterson claimed the successful applicants will be joining the company at an "exciting time" in its history.

BT recently agreed a deal to buy the UK's largest 4G mobile broadband provider EE, a move which sees the telecoms giant re-enter the mobile market.

The EE takeover will allow BT to offer quad-play broadband bundles featuring internet services, home phone, pay-TV and mobile.

BT is already the UK's largest fixed-line broadband provider, but the launch of 3G and 4G services could see its customer base further increase.

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