A training programme is inviting youngsters aspiring to work in the information technology (IT) industry to enrol through five charitable or youth groups. ITeen Dreams Youth Programme, funded by Microsoft Hong Kong, will provide IT training, certification and even employment opportunities to participants. The four-month training programme, launched last December, welcomes applications from young people and school leavers aged between 18 and 25. It is organised by the information technology company and five non-profit-making groups: Caritas Hong Kong; the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong; the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong; and the Salvation Army. Participants can start from the six-hour basic training level or join the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) training programme directly after passing an entry level exam. The MCP training, offering a recognised qualification in the industry, includes administrating and supporting enterprise networks, operating systems and desktop productivity software. After passing the MCP exam, participants can take an 11-day MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) course - a common requirement for many IT-related jobs. Those who complete the programme receive a certificate and can apply for a trainee position with Infocan Training. The application deadline is March 31.