After the lockdown started, the young people opted to continue the 12-week course online, meeting over video calls and working together to get up to speed with the latest software and coding programmes.

Rebecca Brannan, 25, is one of those young people and lives in Salford:

“I was working as a learning support assistant before, but I’d always been interested in tech. When I saw The Trust’s Facebook ad, I knew it was a great chance to get my foot in the door and learn new skills.

“Sometimes self-doubt kicked in and I was worried that I wouldn’t know enough to do well on the course. But, in the first week, my fears quickly disappeared and everyone involved was really supportive and helpful.

“The UK went into lockdown soon after, but thanks to the fast actions of staff at The Trust and Generation UK, who run the programme, we were given the option to continue the course online. I was worried I didn’t have the equipment to continue, but they provided us with everything we would need to learn from home.

The pandemic has created a difficult time for everyone, but I feel that being part of something that enthuses me has helped to calm any feelings of worry. I feel lucky, as there are many other young people who don’t know what their next steps should be right now.

“I’m in my last week of the course and will soon take part in virtual mock interviews to ensure that I ace any job applications in the near future. I’m also studying for an exam in June, which will see me certified as a cloud support engineer.”