Young people interested in starting their IT careers are to benefit from the creation of 100 new apprentice jobs with small to medium employers.
A new partnership between the National Skills Academy for IT, the National IT Partnership (NITP) and BT has worked to create the opportunities, with a further 450 apprenticeship roles planned for later this year.
BT will assure the training quality given to the apprentices. The training will be delivered by the NITP at five of their Further Education colleges around the UK
The 100 new recruits will pilot the IT Gold Standard Apprenticeship, a new programme that has been designed to help apprentices integrate into the workplace and gain technical and professional skills more quickly.
Karen Price, E-skills UK chief executive said she welcomed the new partnership between BT and the IT skills organisations.
"We are delighted that, through this new partnership with BT and NITP, 100 new jobs have been created for young people in IT roles that are in high demand among employers," said Price.
"Making the recruitment of apprentices by smaller organisations an easier and more attractive option is helping them develop the skilled workforce needed to drive their businesses forward."
The partnership received investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills via the Growth and Innovation Fund.
V3's current Make IT Better campaign aims to improve IT education in schools in order to meet the businesses' future demand for IT-trained staff.
According to E-skills 140,000 IT jobs need to be filled each year. However often technology students applying for their first jobs in the industry do not have the skills employers need.
Rosalie Marshall is the special projects editor and chief reporter at V3. Previously she was a reporter for IT Week and channel editor for online television site LocalGov.tv. Rosalie covers government IT, business applications, IT skills, open source technology and social networks.