GoFibre hosts County Durham students for insights into the world of full fibre

The Scoop | 10/07/2023

Scottish independent broadband builder and provider, GoFibre recently hosted Year 10 and 12 students from Staindrop Academy as part of DurhamWorks’ Workplaces Project.

The DurhamWorks Workplaces Project is funded through the County Durham Poverty Action group and its purpose is to give identified students valuable insight into the world of work and to find out about the skills and aptitudes expected by employers through bespoke visits to workplaces.

The group was invited to GoFibre’s depot in West Auckland to gain insights into full fibre, including technology and career talks as well as a fibre-optic construction site demonstration.

GoFibre recently invested in its new West Auckland site having been awarded a £6.6 million contract last Autumn as part of the UK government’s Project Gigabit Scheme. This will see more than 4,000 hard-to-reach homes and businesses across Teesdale connected to GoFibre’s full fibre network, with the first premises set to be connected from September.

Neil Conaghan, Chief Executive at GoFibre, said:As a socially-aware and responsible employer within Teesdale, we were excited to host this group of locals, whilst promoting the wonderful world of full fibre connectivity.

Being able to provide insights into the type of roles available within our industry, as well as the wider benefits of the technology, is vital for students as they reach an age when they are considering next steps.

Thank you to DurhamWorks for providing us with the opportunity to educate and inspire within our workplace.

Helen Collingwood, DurhamWorks Workplaces Project Coordinator, added:During our visit to GoFibre, students had the chance to learn about specific employment sectors and different jobs within those sectors, whilst also gaining an understanding of the recruitment processes into work.

Students also spent time with employees of GoFibre to find out about their careers and to show them how employment could be an achievable goal for them.

Full fibre broadband networks are considered the best type of connectivity, allowing communities to upload and download data with none of the disruption that ageing copper networks bring.

GoFibre’s broadband network is helping to tackle the ongoing rural digital divide across Scotland and the north of England. Once in place, speeds of up to 10Gbps are available, transforming the ability for communities to work and play effectively from home, operate multiple devices simultaneously with no lag and enjoy the best gaming experiences available.

Households and businesses can register their interest in GoFibre’s full fibre broadband services by visiting  www.gofibre.co.uk/register.

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