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BBC Traineeship Scheme

Oldham College partners with the BBC to offer young people unique opportunities

Oldham College has entered into an innovative new partnership with the BBC as the sole deliverer of their Make it Digital Traineeships for Oldham.

The BBC initiative is set to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology with the aim of filling the technology skills gap in the UK.

Following the BBC’s launch of this flagship Traineeship programme Oldham College put forward their expression of interest and were successful in the selection process.

Heather Green, Oldham College’s Director of Apprentices and Business Development said: “This partnership with the BBC reflects our ethos of facilitating traineeships and apprenticeships to transform peoples’ lives, generate a more highly skilled workforce in the region, stimulate growth and strengthen our economy. We believe that our provision will be among the best in the country due to our significant provision within the College in this priority sector. The College has strong links with local and regional employers through its Employer Advisory Board for the Digital and Creative Faculty and other key employers who are supporting the programme. The College is already oversubscribed with interested employers and we have strong links with JCP as well as our own Job Shop to support recruitment.”

The BBC Academy and partners the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) called on 16-24 year olds who were unemployed, had fewer than two A Levels and an interest in developing their digital skills, to register their interest

The Traineeship is designed by the BBC Academy and the Tech Partnership and includes five weeks of training in:

  • Basic digital skills - such as planning social media campaigns by deconstructing BBC Radio 1’s Wrecking Ball campaign; building simple websites; creating short videos for the web
  • Employability skills - including how to give and receive feedback, drawing on The Great British Bake Off. Other key skills include budgeting, basic project management, team working, English and Maths
The final stage of the Traineeship is a three week structured work placement, with the focus on selecting companies who are likely to require basic-level digital skills.

In 2015/16 the college welcome 3 cohorts of students with the following results.

Cohort 3 March 2016 - 6 students

Cohort 2 December 2015 = 9 starts – 66.6% positive outcomes
  • 6 completed from these 6 results are below
  • 2 into full-time apprenticeships
  • 1 into full-time college course
  • 1 found own employment
  • 2 actively looking for apprenticeship placements currently
  • working with them to send them to appropriate interviews
  • 3 did not complete

Cohort 1 August 2015 - 10 starts – 100% positive outcomes
  • 3 drop outs
  • 7 completed from these 7 the results are below
  • 2 into full-time apprenticeships
  • 4 into full-time college courses
  • 1 found own employment

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5,000 BBC Make It Digital traineeships open for application across England

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