Belfast is the latest city to benefit from the UK wide initiative – BBC Make it Digital Traineeship.
The BBC Academy, Belfast Metropolitan College and Accenture are expanding upon the UK wide BBC Make it Digital Traineeship to take it to Northern Ireland.
The course offers a mix of BBC-designed classroom training, and a work placement with a local employer, helping young people work towards gaining an apprenticeship, job or continuing with further education.
Since its launch in March 2015, the BBC Academy has successfully partnered with 26 Training Providers throughout England, Scotland and Wales to bring digital skills and work experience to young, unemployed people.
Working with the Department for Work and Pensions, the Skills Funding Agency in England and Scottish and Welsh governments, the BBC Make it Digital Traineeship has already seen success in England, Scotland and Wales helping over 1300 unemployed 16-24 year olds achieve their potential.
Recruitment for the traineeship will take place throughout August, with the first course starting on September, 12. Candidates will apply to take part in the scheme via Job Centres and local charity partners.
Jessica Cecil, Controller of BBC Make It Digital, has said: “BBC Make it Digital aims to work with partners to inspire a new generation to build their digital skills and reach their potential.
“We are delighted that young people in Northern Ireland will be taking part in these Make it Digital traineeships which we hope will open new doors for them.”
“We are passionate about getting young people into employment and our involvement with the BBC programme aligns with our own Skills to Succeed initiative, whereby Accenture will equip three million people with the skills to get a job or build a business by 2020,” said Gavin Mann, global broadcast industry lead at Accenture.
“Initiatives like Make it Digital are critical if we are to get younger people excited about the opportunities open to them, and a wonderful opportunity to build new skills in Media and Digital as well as the confidence to pursue their careers.”
To apply for a traineeship in Northern Ireland or for more information on the BBC Make It Digital Traineeship scheme go to: http://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/home.