Need advice? Call our experts free on
0800 090 1342

BT claims free broadband helps get people back to work

Friday, May 11th 2012
Free internet access can help people back into employment, according to BT.
BT claims free broadband helps get people back to work
BT has claimed a scheme it operates offering free broadband access to community groups could help get unemployed people back to work.

A study published by the telecoms giant revealed that more than 70 per cent of employers would be unlikely to offer an interview to a candidate who lacked basic computer or internet skills.

Despite this, one-sixth of adults in the UK have never used the web, with BT warning that they are at risk of becoming isolated from the "increasingly digital world".

Some 43 per cent of disabled people have not been online, which means that more than half of British citizens who have never accessed the internet have a disability.

Over the past two years, BT has provided free broadband connections to more than 380 community groups.

Chet Patel, regional director for London at BT, said: "The internet can make a staggering difference to people's lives, whether it is helping them into employment or offering them new leisure and educational opportunities."

Related Stories

Communities on the west coast of Scotland are set to gain access to better broadband thanks to BT's work to lay subsea cables.
BT Business has signed contracts worth £9 million with Odeon and European Metal Recycling.
The Superfast Surrey fibre broadband rollout is now more than three-quarters complete.
Bicton Church of England Primary School is the first school to gain access to fibre broadband under Connecting Shropshire.
Broadband East Riding is set to deliver superfast broadband to an additional 20,000 properties.
Four villages will soon benefit from quicker internet speeds thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband initiative.

Add a comment

Comment
Your name
Your e-mail address

Comments (0)

Postcode checker
Compare broadband packages in your area
Postcode
Home  |  Guides  |  Links  |  Local  |  Sitemap  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms
Copyright © 2005-2014 Broadbandchoice.co.uk. All rights reserved.