In this issue of In Touch you can read about another community in our region which has signed up to a Community Fibre Partnership and also a great case study on how fibre is benefiting a Northants business. You can also read how EE is boosting mobile coverage. There’s good news on the job front – BT has announced the creation of new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the East Midlands in its drive to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of a changing jobs market.
We feature a BT apprentice in Derbyshire who is hoping to inspire girls to pursue a career in engineering, and how primary school pupils in the region have benefitted from a pioneering education programme to boost youngsters’ computing skills. And we profile Natasha Clough one of our BT regional board members.
Finally Lincolnshire County Council has signed an agreement with BT to enter into a third phase of the Lincolnshire Broadband Programme. Phase 3 will provide faster broadband to over 9000 additional premises across the county, of which 97% will be in areas designated ‘Rural’ or ‘Very Rural’. The timescale for Phase 3 is a start date of Autumn 2017 and a finish date of December 2019 and we will keep you updated on progress in future editions of In Touch.
Owen Moody, Chair of the East Midlands Regional Board