(left) SNP Councillor Evelyn Tweed, (right) Bruce Crawford MSP

Broadband provider BT Openreach is to create 275 jobs in Scotland thanks to the SNP Government’s investment in superfast fibre optic broadband.

The announcement means engineers will be deployed across the country, to ensure people across Scotland can enjoy superfast internet connections in their homes and at work.

It coincides with the SNP Government’s investment of £384million into connecting Scotland’s most rural areas to the network.

The work means jobs will be created across Scotland – 47 in Fife, 36 in Edinburgh and the Lothians, 35 for the North of Scotland, 32 in Ayrshire, 40 for Glasgow, 22 in the Scottish Border and 17 each for Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Commenting, Stirling SNP Councillor Evelyn Tweed said:

‘A high speed internet connection has become an essential utility in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, as many turn to home-working or home-schooling to help slow the spread of the virus. By investing in this critical infrastructure, we can support people and businesses to get back on their feet.

‘Communities across Stirling are set to benefit from the SNP Government’s partnership with industry and local authorities, supporting the continued rollout of high speed broadband.’ 

Bruce Crawford MSP said:

‘This announcement of high-skilled engineering jobs is extremely welcome news, and evidence of how Scotland’s economy can recover in a sustainable way that delivers good jobs. With targeted, smart investment from the government, and strong partnership working with the private sector, Stirling can build back better.