Young people urged to sign up to scheme to help meet the demand for digital

Northampton College has teamed up with the BBC to give 50 ‘digital savvy’ young people the chance to secure the job of their dreams thanks to a pioneering traineeship programme.

The ‘Make It Digital’ scheme, which launches next month, will see 25 young people in Northampton and another 25 in Kettering given the opportunity to complete an eight week course, split between college and an employer.

The students will learn the skills they need to carry out a series of workplace tasks, from coding web sites and shooting viral videos to dreaming up the latest must-have smartphone app and creating 3D graphics for games.

Assistant Principal James Whybrow said: “Digital is a huge growth industry and young people are perfectly placed to help push the sector even further. This generation has grown up with digital, the technology involved is second nature to them and it’s part and parcel of their everyday lives.

“This programme is a tremendous opportunity for employers to get some of our brightest young brains into business, giving them a platform to showcase their skills and help modernise the workplace.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with the BBC to take part in the programme and look forward to getting both employers and young people on board.”

Young people aged between 16 and 24 can apply for the course, which will see them study in college for four weeks before embarking on a three week work placement with a local employer to put into practice the skills they have learnt. They will spend the final week of the programme back in college reviewing what they have learnt.

Nationally, the programme aims to attract up to 5,000 young people who will be a great asset to companies large and small right across the UK.

Make It Digital launches on Monday, February 22 with students expected to complete their work experience by Friday, April 14.

The College is also looking for employers of all sizes from across different sectors to host the trainees at no extra cost whilst benefitting from their contribution.

Prospective students and employers can find out more information by visiting or by calling Northampton College on 01604 734323.

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