Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. All Skills Bootcamps will offer a guaranteed interview for a job at the end.

Skills Bootcamps are fully funded for learners. Skills Bootcamps are being delivered in partnership with employers, further education training providers and universities across the East Midlands.

The training and support available is aligned with local and national demand for skills, ensuring that people have direct line of sight to a job and support people to get skills for life.

Skills Bootcamps form part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) £2.5bn ‘National Skills Fund’, which is part of Government’s wider Skills for Life Campaign.

D2N2 LEP was awarded over £3m of this funding, which will be used to support 1,500 individuals working across different sectors in the East Midlands between 2023 and 2024 including:

  • Digital
  • Green Skills in Construction and Transport
  • Rail Engineering NEW

Who can apply? 

Skills Bootcamps are available to all adults aged 19 and over, including those who are unemployed, returning to work after a break, in full-time or part-time employment or who are self-employed.

For those who are unemployed or returning to work you will have the offer of a guaranteed job interview with a local employer when you complete your qualification which could fast-track you into a new job using the new skills you have gained on the Skills Bootcamp.

For most Skills Bootcamps, no previous knowledge in the subject is needed – you just need a good grasp of the English language and the willingness to learn new skills.

How do Skills Bootcamps work?

Most Skills Bootcamps are delivered at Level 3 (‘A’ Levels) although some in key sectors such as Green Skills can be delivered at Level 2. Some of our Skills Bootcamps are delivered at Level 4 and above.

All Skills Bootcamps offer a minimum of 60 learning hours to people over a maximum of 16 weeks.

Skills Bootcamps for Employers 

Whether you’re a public, private or voluntary organisation, our Skills Bootcamps can give you access to new talent pools of individuals who have just completed up-to-date training, which has been shaped by the challenges businesses in the East Midlands are experiencing.

There are several ways your business or organisation can benefit from Skills Bootcamps:

  • Train your existing workforce by booking your staff onto a Skills Bootcamp
  • Put yourself forward as a business willing to offer a guaranteed interview for participants who have completed the programme, so you have direct access to a newly trained talent pool
  • Working with Skills Bootcamp providers to fill skills gaps by involvement in the design and proposed delivery of Skills Bootcamp provision

Employer contributions 

Businesses looking to upskill their existing workforce (defined as someone directly employed by the employer, not a sub-contractor, or freelancer) by enrolling staff onto a Skills Bootcamp will be expected to pay 30% of the training costs.

This reduces to 10% if the employer is a small or medium enterprise (SME) with 250 or less employees.

There is no cost to individual employees who are accessing the training through their employer.

Our Skills Bootcamp in Rail Engineering NEW

New for 2023, this course is designed to give adults the chance to build up sector-specific skills, this two-week Skills Bootcamp in rail engineering is a great way to fast track towards a new career.

Delivered by Vision West Nottinghamshire College, classes will be held at their Construction Centre, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 7RB or Adult Learning Centre at Ashfield House, Chesterfield Road South, NG19 7BB.  The course start date is Monday 25 September 2023.

Find out more

Our latest Skills Bootcamps in digital are below:

Digital Marketing  Providers: Althaus – Althaus Skills Bootcamp | Ascento – Ascento Skills Bootcamp | DBC Training – DBC Skills Bootcamp | Grantham College – Grantham College Skills Bootcamp | Nottingham Trent University – NTU Skills Bootcamp | Anicca – Anicca Skills Bootcamp

Cyber Security  Providers: Althaus – Althaus Skills Bootcamp | Grantham College – Grantham College Skills Bootcamp

Software Development  Providers:  Althaus – Althaus Skills Bootcamp  |  Grantham College – Grantham College Skills Bootcamp

IT Solutions  Providers:  Althaus – Althaus Skills Bootcamp |  Grantham College – Grantham College Skills Bootcamp

Data Analytics  Provider:  Purple Beard – Purple Beard Skills Bootcamp (Python)  | Purple Beard – Purple Beard Skills Bootcamp (SQL/PowerBI)

Gaming  Providers:  Ascento – Ascento Skills Bootcamp  |  Inspire – Inspire Skills Bootcamp

Cloud Computing  Provider:  Grantham College – Grantham College Skills Bootcamp

Front End Development  Provider:  Purple Beard – Purple Beard Skills Bootcamp

Business Analyst  Provider:  Purple Beard – Purple Beard Skills Bootcamp

Our latest Skills Bootcamp in green skills are:

Electric Vehicle Transport / Maintenance

Duplex Business Services Skills Bootcamps:  Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Hazard Management for Emergency and Recovery; L 2 Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities; Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement;  Level 4 Award in the Diagnosis, testing, and repair of electric / hybrid vehicles and components

Grantham College Skills Bootcamps: Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation; Level 3 Electric Vehicle Maintenance

Green Construction & Low Carbon

Nottingham Trent University Skills Bootcamps: Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management;  Level 4 Introduction to Retrofit (including Retrofit Assessor training);  Level 4 Introduction to Building Pathology:  Level 4 Sustainability in Construction;  Level 4 Designing, Building and Leading a Sustainable Future

Grantham College Skills Bootcamps: Level 3 Heat Pump Installation; Level 3 Renewables – Solar Installation; Level 3 Smart Metering

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