BT is creating almost 30 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across Lancashire as part of a new UK-wide drive to recruit the best tech talent available.

The company aims to employ more than 1,300 people across the country in a number of different roles, from TV production, engineering, customer service and cyber-security to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime.

In the North West the 112 new recruits will be located in Accrington, Liverpool, Manchester, Skelmersdale and Warrington in roles such as cyber security, engineering, IT, sales and customer service.

In total 28 of the roles are in Lancashire, which are in cyber-security and customer service.

BT is one of the first UK companies to use virtual reality technology as a way of recruiting, as it looks at innovative techniques in how it attracts the best graduates.

Helen Slinger, chair of BT’s regional board in the North West, said: “This recruitment is more great news for our region.

"It underlines the leading role that BT plays in communities across the North West and is a tribute to the quality of our local staff.

"BT is committed to providing high quality jobs and careers and this latest recruitment will help ensure we deliver the best possible services for the people of the North West.”