15
September
2021
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Openreach invests £1.7 million in new learning centre for engineers in Wales

Summary

First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, opens brand new ‘National Learning Centre for Wales’ in Newport (fersiwn Cymraeg isod / Welsh version below) 

National Learning Centre for Wales, Newport

Openreach and First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, today unveiled a brand new ‘National Learning Centre for Wales’ that will teach the country’s next generation of telecoms engineers how to build and maintain vital broadband services for communities across the country.

Based in Newport, the new £1.7 million centre will give trainee Openreach engineers the opportunity to learn the ropes and test their skills in a state-of-the-art replica street, built from scratch to recreate the real network in the outside world.

Nicknamed ‘Open Street’, the centre will enable engineers to experience a typical working day - from laying cables to building joints and making repairs, working underground or climbing telephone poles and installing new services inside customers’ homes and businesses.

Up to 6,000 new and existing Openreach engineers from across Wales, as well as further afield, are expected to train at the centre during a typical year as the company accelerates its flagship full fibre broadband deployment across the country.

Welcoming Openreach’s commitment to Wales and its investment in training, Welsh Government First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said: “The new centre will be a great asset for us in Wales that will train thousands of engineers every year. This is a vital sector that provides services that we rely on every day at work and in our personal lives. Bringing faster and more reliable broadband to more homes and businesses will boost the economy and create opportunities for the future.”

Across Wales, Openreach already employs more than 2,500 people and, since April 2018, the company has hired more than 600 new trainee engineers throughout the nation, with recruitment ongoing.

The new engineers will be key to delivering the company’s ‘Fibre First’ programme, which is bringing faster, more reliable and future proof Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband technology to millions of front doors across Wales and the rest of the UK.

Connie Dixon, Openreach’s Partnership Director for Wales, said: “Our network underpins the economy the length and breadth of Wales, bringing a vital service to communities in both urban and rural areas. We’re proud of our track record but recognise there is still more to do.”

“We’re investing now for the future so that we have the local, skilled and experienced workforce needed to deliver a full fibre future for Wales to keep communities connected, with better service, broader coverage and faster broadband speeds for all.”

Openreach engineers attending the centre will receive comprehensive training – from IT systems and setting up their working area safely to splicing together hair-breadth fibres or installing or repairing a line.

The investment includes the replica residential street inside the centre to give recruits a safe, real-life environment to learn and practice aspects of their work without impacting real customers.

Recently recruited Openreach trainee engineer, Ben Cameron, who’s currently being trained at the new facility ,said: “Training has been brilliant – the facilities and trainers have been a very positive introduction to the company. Each part of the job is broken down and then the ‘Open Street’ provides me with the environment to put into practice what I’ve learned. It has definitely helped me gain a greater understanding of the job and the network without the added pressure of a customer waiting for a line to be fixed or their fibre to be switched on.

“Making the career change to be an engineer with Openreach was a big decision but it’s definitely been the right one. I’m sure I’m going to enjoy working here for many years to come.”

About Openreach in Wales

More than 320,000 homes and businesses in Wales can already order our ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband via dozens of retail Communications Providers who use the Openreach network. The company recently updated its build plan for Wales and the rest of the UK which will be fundamental to the UK Government achieving its target of delivering ‘gigabit capable’ broadband to 85 per cent of UK by 2025.

The updated plans will see Openreach investing £15 billion to build its ultrafast full fibre technology to a total of 25 million premises across the UK, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country by the end of 2026.

Openreach has made a number of recent announcements about its build plans for Wales, with more than 415,000 additional homes and businesses - in 140 mainly rural and harder to serve areas across every single Welsh local authority area – getting access to ultrafast fibre broadband. The company is also working in partnership with Welsh Government to reach those that are in the final 5%.

Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) highlighted the clear economic, social and environmental benefits of connecting everyone in Wales to full fibre. It estimated this would create a £2 billion boost to the local economy.

 

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Openreach yn buddsoddi £1.7 miliwn mewn canolfan dysgu peirianwyr newydd

Heddiw datgelodd Openreach fuddsoddiad gwerth £1.7m mewn ‘Canolfan Dysgu Cenedlaethol Cymru’ fydd yn hyfforddi’r genhedlaeth nesaf o beirianwyr i ledu gwasanaethau band eang hanfodol i gymunedau ar draws y wlad.

Bydd Canolfan Dysgu Cenedlaethol Cymru, Casnewydd, yn darparu cyfleoedd i ddarpar beirianwyr Openreach brofi eu sgiliau mewn stryd sydd yn adlewyrchu’r rhwydwaith sy’n bodoli yn y byd mawr. Bydd y ‘Stryd Agored’ yn helpu peirianwyr i ddod i arfer â phrofiadau arferol diwrnod gwaith - o osod ceblau i greu uniadau a gwneud gwaith trwsio, gweithio o dan neu uwchben y ddaear, dringo polion ffôn a gosod gwasanaethau newydd mewn cartrefi cwsmeriaid.

Rhagwelir bydd hyd at 6,000 peiriannydd Openreach (profiadol a newydd) o bob rhan o Gymru a thu hwnt yn derbyn hyfforddiant yn y ganolfan bob blwyddyn.

Agorwyd y ganolfan yn swyddogol gan brif weinidog Llywodraeth Cymru, Mark Drakeford, gan roi newyddion da i’r genedl wrth i Openreach ledu ei raglen band eang ffeibr i gymunedau ar draws y wlad.

Wrth groesawu buddsoddiad Openreach mewn hyfforddiant a’i ymrwymiad i gefnogi Cymru, dywedodd prif weinidog Llywodraeth Cymru Mark Drakeford: “Bydd y ganolfan newydd yn ased gwerthfawr i Gymru wrth hyfforddi miloedd o beirianwyr bob blwyddyn.”

“Mae’n sector hanfodol sy’n darparu gwasanaethau mae pawb ohonom yn dibynnu arnynt yn ein bywydau personol a gwaith.

“Bydd darparu band eang mwy cyflym a dibynadwy mewn mwy o gartrefi a busnesau yn hwb i’r economi ac yn creu cyfleoedd newydd ar gyfer y dyfodol.”

Yng Nghymru, mae Openreach yn cyflogi dros 2,500 gweithiwr er mwyn adeiladu a chynnal ei rwydwaith ffôn a band eang. Ers Ebrill 2018, mae’r cwmni wedi cyflogi dros 600 hyfforddai peirianneg newydd ar draws y wlad ac mae’r recriwtio’n parhau. Bydd y peirianwyr newydd hyn yn allweddol wrth weithredu rhaglen ‘Fibre First’ y cwmni, sy’n darparu technoleg ddatblygedig Ffeibr i’r Adeilad (FTTP) ar gyfer miliynau o gartrefi drwy Gymru a gweddill y Deyrnas Unedig.

Dywedodd cyfarwyddwraig partneriaethau Openreach yng Nghymru, Connie Dixon: “Mae ein rhwydwaith yn cynnal yr economi ar hyd a lled y wlad, gan ddwyn gwasanaethau hanfodol i gymunedau trefol a gwledig. Rydym yn falch o’n gwaith hyd yma ond yn derbyn bod dal llawer i wneud.”

“Wrth fuddsoddi ar gyfer y dyfodol, byddwn yn datblygu’r gweithlu lleol, galluog a phrofiadol angenrheidiol er mwyn sicrhau dyfodol ffeibr cyflawn i Gymru, gan gadw cymunedau mewn cysylltiad gyda gwasanaeth gwell, darpariaeth ehangach a chyflymderau band eang uwch i bawb.”

Bydd peirianwyr Openreach sy’n mynychu’r ganolfan yn derbyn hyfforddiant cynhwysfawr - o dderbyn tasg a threfnu ardal waith ddiogel i sbleisio ffeibrau a gosod neu drwsio llinell. Mae’r ganolfan yn cynnwys copi o stryd breswyl wirioneddol er mwyn darparu amgylchedd diogel er helpu’r hyfforddeion i ddysgu ac ymarfer eu gwaith heb effeithio cwsmeriaid go iawn.

National Learning Centre for Wales

Dywedodd y rhyfforddai peirianneg, Ben Cameron: “Mae’r hyfforddiant wedi bod yn wych - gyda’r cyfleusterau a’r hyfforddwyr wedi darparu cyflwyniad positif iawn i’r cwmni.”

“Mae’r ganolfan wedi dadansoddi pob rhan o’r gwaith ac yn darparu amgylchedd hyfforddi byw sydd wedi rhoi cyfle i mi brofi ffrwyth yr hyfforddiant mewn ffordd ymarferol. Yn sicr mae wedi fy helpu i ddeall natur y gwaith a’r rhwydwaith heb fod dan bwysau cwsmer yn disgwyl am waith trwsio llinell neu osod gwasanaeth ffeibr.

“Roedd newid gyrfa i fod yn beiriannydd gydag Openreach yn benderfyniad mawr ond yn bendant y penderfyniad iawn. Rwy’n siŵr byddaf yn mwynhau gweithio yma am flynyddoedd i ddod.”

Mae ymchwil diweddar gan Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) wedi tanlinellu’r buddion economaidd o gysylltu pawb yng Nghymru â’r rhwydwaith ffeibr cyflawn. Amcangyfrifir byddai’n creu hwb gwerth £2 biliwn i economi’r wlad.

Yng Nghymru mae dros 320,000 cartref a busnes eisoes yn gallu archebu band eang ffeibr cyflawn cyflym a dibynadwy.

Diweddarwyd cynllun y cwmni ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig er mwyn helpu Llywodraeth San Steffan i gyrraedd y targed o ddarparu band eang gigabeit ar gyfer 85% o’r wlad erbyn 2025.

Fel rhan o’r cynllun ehangach, bydd Openreach yn buddsoddi £15 biliwn wrth ledu ei dechnoleg ffeibr cyflawn i 25 miliwn cartref a busnes ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig, yn cynnwys dros chwe miliwn yn yr ardaloedd mwyaf anodd eu cyrraedd erbyn diwedd 2026.

Yn ddiweddar, gwnaeth y cwmni nifer o gyhoeddiadau am ei gynlluniau adeiladu, gan ychwanegu 415,000 cartref a busnes - mewn 140 ardal wledig a lleoliadau eraill anodd eu cyrraedd ar draws pob ardal awdurdod lleol - at y cynllun. Yn ogystal, mae’r cwmni yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth â Llywodraeth Cymru er cyrraedd 5% olaf y wlad.

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National Learning Centre for Wales
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National Learning Centre for Wales (fersiwn Cymraeg - Welsh language version)