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BBC wants to get 5,000 young people into digital jobs

BBC, 05 March 2015 - Thousands of young unemployed people will receive training and three week work placements as part of a new BBC scheme to improve digital skills. Up to 5,000 people could take part in what the broadcaster said was the largest programme of its kind ever carried out.

The nine-week course will involve six weeks of classroom-based learning and a three week work placement at a relevant company. The broadcaster said the majority of work placements would be with other companies rather than within the BBC itself.

Training will include advice on creating social media campaigns, building basic websites and creating short videos for the web. Employability skills such as budgeting, project management and team working will also be taught. The scheme is open to unemployed people aged 18 to 24.

Support for the scheme is being provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, the Skills Funding Agency and a number of other organisations.The BBC said it wanted to create a "more diverse and better skilled digital workforce", adding that any candidates who showed "strong potential" would be encouraged to apply for one of its own apprenticeships.

Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-03/05/digital-traineeships

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