Unemployed young people can benefit from the BBC’s new Make It Digital traineeship.
From today, 5,000 opportunities will be available in 60 locations across the UK to enhance young people’s digital and employability skills.
Unemployed people aged 16 to 24 year olds and who have fewer than two A Levels can register their interest through their local Jobcentre Plus.
Designed by the BBC Academy and the Tech Partnership, the scheme will be rolled out over eight weeks. It also includes a three week work placement with local employers who require basic-level digital assistance.
Announced by BBC Director General Tony Hall earlier this year, the aim is to address the shortage of skills in the UK’s technology sector while inspiring young people to see the importance of digital expertise.
The launch follows a successful pilot in Birmingham where over 50% of its participants went into employment and further training upon completion.
Jordan Walker, a trainee from the pilot is now working for digital agency Bareface Media. He says: “My two weeks with Bareface were brilliant and I was pleased they offered me something permanent. I’ve learnt so much already about Google Analytics and how to make websites responsive across all platforms.”
Joe Godwin, Director of the BBC Academy, says: “Now, up to 5000 more young unemployed people will be able to benefit from proper hands-on work experience, while helping to create a more diverse workforce. Businesses will benefit from young people with great employability skills who can help them navigate the digital world.”
The traineeships are in partnership between the BBC Academy, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Click here for more information on how to apply and to see a full list of participating locations