A new scheme has been launched which enables young unemployed people to take part in the nationwide BBC Make it Digital Traineeship initiative being delivered from Birmingham and Solihull.
The BBC Academy and its partners, the Department of Work and Pensions and Skills Funding Agency, are encouraging people who are aged between 16 and 24, unemployed, have fewer than two A-levels and an interest in developing their digital skills, to register their interest via their local Jobcentre Plus.
The network will then identify suitable candidates who will be invited to take part by its Jobcentre Work Coaches.
Training will be delivered by a local provider in Birmingham and Solihull, followed by structured work placements with local employers.
In total, 250 opportunities are expected to be available.
The BBC Make it Digital Traineeship was announced by director-general Tony Hall at the start of this year's BBC Make it Digital initiative which aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology and help address the current skills shortage in the UK's technology sector.
This latest launch follows a pilot programme in Birmingham earlier this year in which 50 young people took part, with many going on to secure an apprenticeship or gain employment.
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Eight weeks after the traineeships completed, half of the participants had received job offers or offers of a further work placement.
The traineeship is designed by the BBC Academy and the Tech Partnership and includes five weeks of training in basic digital skills, employability skills, budgeting and basic project management among others.
The final stage of the programme entails a three-week structured work placement, with the focus on selecting local companies likely to require basic-level digital skills.
These companies are being sourced with the help of the Tech Partnership, the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Apprenticeship Service and other partners at a local level.
Those who show strong potential will be encouraged to apply for a BBC Apprenticeship.
David Jennings, head of regional and local programming, said: "The BBC Make it Digital Traineeship will enable up to 250 unemployed people from Birmingham and Solihull to benefit from proper hands-on, while helping to create a more diverse workforce.
"Businesses will benefit from young people with great employability skills who can help them navigate the digital world."