BBC is starting a training programme on coding, programming and digital technology to help five thousand unemployed 16-24 year olds get creative and land new digital jobs.
You can apply for the training programmes by registering at your local Jobcentre Plus. To qualify, you should be unemployed, have fewer than two A grades and interested in developing your digital skills.
The eight-week programme, which will be followed by work placements available in Southend, Runcorn, Bury St Edmonds to South Shields and cities including Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool and London. In all, the Make it Digital Traineeship will be delivered in around 60 towns and cities in England.
In case you are curious, the programme will develop the following:•Your basic digital skills like building websites, creating short videos and planning social media campaigns•Your employability skills like exchanging feedback•Other skills like budgeting, basic project management, team working, English and Maths.
Once your training is over, you will be put on a three-week work placement and they'll select companies that will be interested in hiring you!
While the programme will be a great stepping stone, your hiring and wages will depend on how you perform during the training period as well as the placement period. With UK going through a major skills shortage in the technology sector, the timing could be perfect for you.