A new IT Training Academy, set up by Whitebox Digital, aims to provide those in long-term unemployment with the necessary IT skills to (re)join the workforce. Jutta Mackwell spoke to founder David Barker and his colleague Debra Carter about the new approach to training and tackling unemployment.

On first sight Whitebox Digital, a full service digital agency, might look like any other IT service company. Yet its vision goes way beyond providing next-generation IT solutions to third-sector organisations. In February 2010, it launched its apprenticeship programme for those not in education, employment and training (NEETs).

Its aim is to provide those who are struggling to (re)enter the job market because of long-term ...

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