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CityFibre rolls out recruitment programme


CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, has announced a three-year recruitment and training programme to provide up to 10,000 people with jobs, upgrading the UK’s digital infrastructure to full fibre. The Government has made the nationwide deployment of full fibre by


2025 a key target. This critical initiative will underpin Britain’s long-term economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, helping to level up the economy by enabling access to ultra-fast digital connectivity for all. The recruitment programme will include the identification and training of thousands of unemployed UK residents as well as new job opportunities for qualified and experienced construction and telecoms workers. Jobs will be created within CityFibre’s growing pool of network construction partners delivering the up to £4bn rollout of full fibre infrastructure to over 100 towns and cities. The programme will target specific groups including service-leavers and


those now unemployed as a result of the coronavirus crisis. It will also seek to attract more women and individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, both of which are significantly under- represented in the construction industry. CityFibre will work closely with an expanding network of national


employment and recruitment partners, including the Department of Work and Pensions, Construction Industry Training Board and the Career


CityFibre will continue to work closely with local authorities to identify local partners through which it can promote and deliver the programme


Transition Partnership, as well as a number of other specialists such as the Women's Engineering Society. On successful completion of their training, recruits will be introduced to


CityFibre’s local network construction partners and considered for a range of network delivery roles.


‘The programme will reach deep into society to include some of those most in need of opportunity’


Steve Holliday, chairman at CityFibre, said: “We’re delighted to launch our training and recruitment programme creating up to 10,000 jobs in such a critical and vibrant sector. The programme will reach deep into society to include some of those most in need of opportunity. “In the wake of the current crisis, delivering the Government’s target of


full fibre nationwide by 2025 could not be more important. Of all the infrastructure projects and industrial policies under consideration, full fibre will have the biggest impact in the shortest time, and for the least public money. It will help ensure that the UK not only recovers economically, but that it swiftly transitions to a greener, smarter and fairer economy in which to thrive.”


A sweet treat for major supermarket


Food gifting company TTK Confectionery has launched its first range of gifts with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s. Customers will be able to choose


from a range of glass milk bottles and jars containing a variety of sweets. Each bottle is decorated with an uplifting slogan. The range will be featured in 294


Sainsbury’s stores, as well as being available to purchase online. The new assortment, which also includes vegan options, will form part of the supermarket’s “Thank you Teacher” promotion. The range was designed by


TTK’s award-winning in-house creative team, which is made up of graduates from Nottingham Trent University. As with many of TTK’s products, there is a focus on re-


usable packaging, with customers being encouraged to up-cycle the glass bottles and jars after the sweets have been enjoyed. Head of product development


Katie Gilbert said: “I’m really thrilled that we have the chance to show the Sainsbury’s customer our great value for money combined with quirky packaging. Reusability is at the heart of what we do and by selling our glass products into Sainsbury’s, the packaging can be used again and again. What a great achievement for everyone involved!” Nottingham-based TTK


Confectionery’s products can be found in major UK retailers such as Next, Debenhams and Urban Outfitters, but this will be its first appearance in a large supermarket chain.


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TTK Confectionery's sweet-filled glass bottles will appear in 294 Sainsbury's stores


Martin Barnett, CEO, added:


“Sainsbury’s spotted our products in Urban Outfitters and was keen to work with us on its new


confectionery gifting plans. We have also secured space within Sainsbury’s stores for a seasonal confectionery gifting range.”


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