Software outfit Microsoft said it will create 4,000 jobs in the UK as part of a major government-backed initiative.
The firm is one of 19 organisations taking part in a summit initiated by the Prime Minister David Cameron to encourage the creation of more jobs for the country's professionals.
Microsoft launched its Britain Works initiative back in 2009 to provide training and qualifications in the country.The Cameron Government has latched on to that to claim a bit of credit for itself.
In a statement, Microsoft UK managing director Gordon Frazer, said: "Microsoft's Britain Works does two things. Firstly it creates new jobs in the form of highly skilled apprenticeships and opportunities for entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Secondly it provides IT training to give people the right skills for existing vacancies.
He added: "Microsoft's apprenticeships train unemployed young people from Job Centre Plus as technical support staff employed in our partner network, with support from the National Apprenticeship Service. In addition to the technical support apprenticeship, new technical sales and software development apprenticeships will launch in spring 2011."
Other companies that have taken part in the summit include Tesco, Balfour Beatty, Centrica, Morrisons and Asda. Tesco and Asda pledged to create 9,000 and 15,000 jobs respectively.
According to Prime Minister Cameron, "We can only get our economy back on track by creating a climate in which the private sector can grow and develop, creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country.
“Across a whole range of areas you are going to see the most pro-business, pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda ever unleashed by a government,” he burbled.