BBC unveils Make it Digital Traineeship

Traineeship is designed to create a more diverse and better skilled workforce

The BBC has unveiled its Make it Digital Traineeship, which is designed to create a more diverse and better skilled workforce. The traineeships will be offered to up to 5,000 young people. 

Working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Skills Funding Agency, the BBC will officially launch the traineeship to the UK this summer.

The scheme aims to prepare trainees for employment or for progression into apprenticeships.

Announced by BBC director-general Tony Hall, the traineeship will form a key part of the corporation's Make it Digital education project, which aims to encourage people to get into coding, programming and digital technology. 

The programme will be the BBC’s major education project this year, following on from World War One in 2014.

The nine-week traineeship programme will be funded by the Adult Skills Budget, run by the Skills Funding Agency and delivered by external training providers across the UK. The content has been created by the BBC Academy after working with the Tech Partnership and several major brands.

Six weeks of the course will be classroom-led in basic digital skills and employability skills. Basic digital skills will include social media campaigns, building simple websites and creating short videos for the web.

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Employability skills will include how to give and receive feedback, budgeting, basic project management, team working, English and maths.

The final stage of the traineeship is a three-week work placement, sourced with the help of Tech Partnership, the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Apprenticeship Service and other partners at a local level. Candidates will also be encouraged to apply for a BBC apprenticeship.

Hall said: “We have already hit our target of having apprentices make up 1% of our workforce. I am immensely proud of that, but we need to keep on showing leadership, and keep on bringing people together in a way that only the BBC can.

“Our new Make it Digital Traineeship is a hugely ambitious partnership, which we hope will unlock Britain’s digital potential and create genuinely life-changing opportunities for young people.”

The traineeship is currently being piloted in Birmingham. The DWP’s nationwide Jobcentre Plus network will identify candidates to take part.

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