BT is creating more than 1,000 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in engineering, technology, research, IT and software design.
Around 300 science, technology and business graduates will be recruited, while 730 apprenticeships will be offered to school and college leavers in the areas of engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics.
As part of the drive the telecoms giant has created a new digital media technology apprenticeship that will provide new recruits with experience and skills in web development, digital networks, digital TV and digital media distribution.
The firms is also creating up to 1,500 vocational training and work experience placements, which will be offered to out of work youngsters over the next 18 months to boost to the employer-led Movement to Work initiative.
Clive Selley, chief executive of BT's technology, service & operations, which will be hiring a large number of the apprentices and graduates, said: "There's a danger that not enough people in the UK are getting the training they need to work in research, development and innovative new industries.
"That's why I'm delighted that the majority of these new recruits will work in these fields of engineering and technology research, and that BT can play an extremely positive role by taking them on and advancing their skills through mentoring and training."
The majority of the new intake will be based at BT’s research campus at Adastral Park, near Ipswich in Suffolk, where they will work on a range of projects, including the future of broadcasting and wireless technology, ‘Big Data’ and the ‘Internet of Things’, as well as helping pioneer new developments in high speed fibre communication networks.
Ben Marshall, national secretary of engineering union Prospect, said: "This is great news from the UK's primary IT and telecoms company. It comes at a time when BT is investing strongly in the UK's broadband infrastructure and making advances in TV and digital media such as the creation of BT Sport.
"This represents a very significant social commitment on BT's part, as well as being a substantial investment in UK plc."
Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said: "This is a tough time in the job market, with almost a million young people across the UK struggling to find work. Every company needs to play its part in ensuring that Britain's future workforce isn't impaired by long-term unemployment.
"BT has an exciting future ahead of it, investing in the UK's high speed broadband infrastructure, and advances in television and digital media. Through new apprenticeships, graduate training and the Movement to Work programme, we want thousands of young people in Britain to share in this future."