Blogs - 24 July 2023

D2N2 Skills Bootcamps going from strength to strength

D2N2’s comprehensive Skills Bootcamp offer is making a significant contribution to changing lives for the better across the communities of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

In the D2N2 region we have a wide range of Skills Bootcamps for learners to choose from. Whether you are looking for Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair & Replacement, Cloud Computing or Digital Marketing, our region offers all of these and more.

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.

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

The training and support available to learners is aligned with local and national demand for skills, ensuring that people have direct line of sight to a job following completion of the course.

Skills Bootcamps help employers to develop their employees’ skills and fill their vacancies, and help individuals to find a new job or advance their skills to progress further in their career.

Find out more about Skills Bootcamps here.

In our region, Skills Bootcamps are making a real difference to people’s career prospects

Georgie began her career development journey when she enrolled onto the Skills Bootcamp in Digital Marketing with DBC Training, after deciding that university wasn’t the right route for her. She chose the Skills Bootcamp in Digital Marketing, because it offered a clear pathway for her to gain new skills and career opportunities.  As she progressed through the course, her enthusiasm grew. She said, ‘I have really enjoyed the Bootcamp, as it has been a really good opportunity for me to learn more about marketing’.

Georgie, who completed her Skills Bootcamp in Digital Marketing and went on to become a Digital Marketing Apprentice

On completing the course, Georgie was delighted to have gained sufficient skills and knowledge to successfully apply for a position as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Pennine Healthcare, and started her apprenticeship in January 2023.

And recently Adam and Ashley, two technicians at Lindleys Autocentres in Nottingham, achieved the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Level 4 Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid vehicles and components, by completing the Skills Bootcamp in Maintenance Electric Vehicles with Duplex Business Services. They were presented with their certificates by Will Morlidge, our Chief Executive.

Adam and Ashley, after receiving their Skills Bootcamp certificates from Will Morlidge

Fiona Baker, Head of People and Skills at D2N2 LEP, said “Over the past three years we have seen more courses added to the offer in direct response to the needs of employers who are struggling to find people with the right skills. Adam and Ashley’s success shows how Skills Bootcamps are a great way to deliver the skills that employers are looking for to grow their business and take on a wider range of work.”

If you are interested in finding out more, contact our D2N2 Skills Bootcamps Project Officers at

For media enquiries, contact:

Nicola Swaney, Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP

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