Software giant Microsoft has promised to create 4,000 jobs in the UK as part of a major government initiative.
The company 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.
Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, said in a statement: “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.”
Some of the other companies that have taken part in the summit include Tesco, Balfour Beatty, Centrica, Morrisons and Asda, with Tesco and Asda both pledging to create 9,000 and 15,000 jobs respectively.
The Prime Minister said in a statement: "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 added.