Making a difference

Improving people's prospects

We work with every community in the country. That’s a lot of opportunities to give something back. One of the ways we’re doing that is by helping people get long-term employment. We have two programmes: Work Ready and Transition Force.


Work Ready

We run our Work Ready placement programme with BT. It helps young people aged 18 to 24 who haven’t been able to find work get into education, employment or training. We’ve designed it to build their confidence through customer experience and working with others.

In 2018/19 we exceeded our target of helping more than 500 unemployed young people through Work Ready. More than 600 Openreach employees contributed to the scheme.


How does it work?

Our Work Ready placements are run by Openreach volunteers. Young people get to work alongside our operational teams out in the field. Our volunteers help them build their confidence and work as a team, all while getting experience of working with customers. 

We know from feedback that this is a fantastic experience that helps young people become more employable. It’s also an opportunity for us to showcase the type of work we do at Openreach – and inspire young people to start a career in engineering.

If you’re interested in taking part please contact us here.


Transition Force

Whether it’s through a lack of confidence, missed opportunities or just not understanding how transferable their skills are, people leaving our armed forces can sometimes struggle to find work.


Helping armed forces veterans adjust to civilian life

As one of the largest recruiters of ex-services personnel in the country, we understand the contribution veterans can make to British industry. So our Transition Force programme helps armed forces personnel, veterans and their families ease back into civilian life. It aims to get them back into work through career workshops and volunteer mentors. We help them find the industry, company and role that’s right for them.


Are you leaving the armed forces?

In 2018/19 more than 260 veterans took part in our workshops. You could too. Sign up to come to workshop or find a mentor.