Computer giant Microsoft is to create 2,000 apprenticeships in Scotland.
Working through Modern Apprenticeships (MA), the firm will take on twice as many people as usual over the next three years.
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, described the news as terrific for young people and for the MA programme.
He added: ""Microsoft is supporting investment in Scottish skills and in its own future in Scotland.
"Recruiting 2,016 apprentices by 2016 represents a huge endorsement of Scotland's young people from a company with operations in dozens of countries."
Michel Van der Bel, Managing Director of Microsoft UK, said: "The digital technologies industry employs over 100,000 people in Scotland and is expanding fast.
"At Microsoft we want to help ensure there are skilled people coming into the workplace to secure the future for the sector."
He continued: "These are real jobs for young people in a vibrant, growing and exciting industry, which will help bring economic and employment opportunities."
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